BBC explain key Northern Ireland omission of Rangers star Steven Davis
Rangers midfielder Steven Davis has enjoyed one of the best seasons of his career as he lifted the Scottish Premiership title.
Nearly 10 years after lifting the silverware, the Northern Ireland veteran did it again this season and also signed a one-year extension to his contract.
It has been an incredible year, with the midfielder also breaking the cap record for a British international player, despite constant rumours of retirement.
Those rumours weren’t helped this week.
Davis has been left out of the latest Northern Ireland squad for games against Ukraine and Malta to finish the season after missing out on the EUROs.
The BBC have shared on their website that Davis was omitted only for him to rest after being ever-present for the Bears in this invincible campaign.
Davis sent a message to those who could replace him and was inspirational as ever as he prepares to hand over the baton to the next generation.
“It’s important these young players, when they come in, that they take the opportunities and so far they’ve done that.”
Who better to learn off than Davis?
The Northern Irish youngsters will have loved the midfield icon to be within the squad this week, even if he wasn’t playing in these friendlies.
Having said that, this is brilliant news for Steven Gerrard and Rangers, who will have a fully charged Davis back to his best at the start of next season.
We need experienced players such as Davis and Allan McGregor to be spearheading the charge to another title, and hopefully add some domestic cups to that too.
As for retirement? Think again, Davis will be back for the Northern Irish once next season gets started again at Ibrox.