By Kealan Hughes

19th Apr, 2021 | 6:30pm

Steven Davis hailed by pundits and teammates after Old Firm goal for Rangers

Steven Davis scored a rare goal in the Old Firm on Sunday but it was a memorable one that helped Rangers advance to the quarter-final of the Scottish Cup.

The 36-year-old defied his age with a brilliant show of athleticism, smashing a bicycle kick into the back of the net after Joe Aribo’s shot was blocked.

Davis took to Instagram to celebrate his goal and he received a mass of praise from fans, pundits and his teammates too.

Alfredo Morelos, Ryan Jack and Kris Boyd all responded with emojis praising the midfielder while Leon Balogun called Davis “Mr. Standard”.

Jordan Jones, currently on loan at Sunderland, called Davis a “legend” and Kenny Miller commented, “love it pal”.

Key figure

Davis is clearly not short of admirers and rightly so, because he has been absolutely magnificent this year.

He marshalls midfield so well and as Balogun says, he is the man who sets the standards for the whole squad to reach.

We are lucky to have him, and if Davis starts to add goals to his game he will be unstoppable.

He has made Glen Kamara and Joe Aribo better too, and the trio’s form means we have not missed Ryan Jack – that is how good they have been.

Davis has been key to our domestic dominance but it will be intriguing to see how he copes with the rigours of Champions League football next term.

He is a player who has never relied on pace or physical attributes and his remarkable consistency means he should help us adjust to Europe’s elite competition.

We hope the likes of Kamara and Aribo have learnt a lot from Davis.

They are his ready-made successors and given Davis is heading towards the end of his career, we need those two to continue where he left off.

In other Rangers news, Tam McManus was blown away by a ‘fantastic’ Rangers star in the 2-0 win v Celtic.