Steven Davis has shared his desire to manage Rangers one day but acknowledged that aim is a long way from happening currently.
The 36-year-old still has at least a year left of his playing career after signing a new contract recently but admitted he does like the idea of coaching.
Davis was asked by Northern Ireland manager Ian Barraclough to watch their weekend game against the USA from a managerial perspective [Sky Sports].
And when asked if managing his country or the Gers one day appeals to Davis, he told Sky Sports, “It would be nice to get the both of them!
“But that’s a long way away, the first thing will be to get the coaching badges and to make sure I enjoy doing that side of things and feel like I can give something to the game from that aspect as well, but now the full focus is on playing.
“I think I’d take something from all the managers I’ve worked under. I’ve been very fortunate to have worked under a lot of very good managers with their own individual ideas and I’m sure I could use that moving forward.
“I’m just trying to look at it from a different viewpoint, I’m obviously considering doing my coaching badges moving forward, so I’m trying to look at it from a manager’s point of view and it was a good insight.”
Davis certainly has the experience and pedigree to be a successful manager, so we are glad he sees his future in that area.
Like Steven Gerrard was, he is a natural leader on the pitch and his professionalism is exemplary.
He already sets the standards for his teammates to match so he could quite easily lead by example as a manager too.
What’s more, Davis knows Rangers inside out – what it takes to succeed, the fans’ expectations and how big a club we are.
He could be a good fit in the Ibrox dugout, therefore, and the logical step would be for him to join Gerrard’s backroom staff when he does retire.
Learning everything he can from Gerrard would be brilliant for his development off the pitch – perhaps he can even be nurtured to become Stevie G’s successor.
There is a lot to learn before then but that idea fills us with excitement.
In other Rangers news, the ban for Covid 5 means rarely-seen Gers star has a chance to shine.