Barry Ferguson blasts back as Rangers fan shares Steven Davis and van Bronckhorst rumour he'd heard
Barry Ferguson has rubbished a rumour suggesting Steven Davis and Giovanni van Bronckhorst have had a falling out at Rangers.
Davis, 37, has almost completely dropped out of the Gers side since Steven Gerrard left in November, playing just three times in the Scottish Premiership and just twice in the Europa League.
However, Ferguson believes that’s totally down to injury issues and he’d definitely give the experienced midfielder a new contract with his existing deal set to expire in the summer.
“No. He did have a few injury niggles, and I was listening to an interview before he went away with [Northern] Ireland where he said he had a couple of injuries,” said Ferguson on The Go Radio Football Show, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“That is the reason he wasn’t in the team.
“He is a proper footballer, Steven Davis. I’ve played with him and he brings a real calmness to the pitch. When he comes on he keeps everybody at ease by just sitting in that anchor role.
“He plays the game simple but it’s so effective. He made the difference when he came on (against Celtic) and he did similar in the St Mirren game in the previous Sunday to that.
“In terms of staying on, I’m sure he’s fit enough to play. I think he will leave it until the end of the season and make the decision himself. If he’s willing to play on I would 100 per cent give him another contract.”
Davis is 37-years-old, has had injury issues and his form in the first few months of the season wasn’t great.
On top of that, van Bronckhorst has Ryan Jack back from injury, he signed Aaron Ramsey in January and he also has John Lundstram, Glen Kamara, Scott Arfield, Joe Aribo and more to choose from to play in the midfield.
We’d be shocked if Davis gets a new contract, in all honesty.
Ferguson might be pushing for his old pal to get a new deal but that’s understandable.
However, if you look at it from a purely footballing perspective based on this season, why would you offer a new contract to a player who’s been hit by injuries, has dropped down the pecking order and is 37-years-old?
We love Davis, we really do.
But one of the reasons why we look set to miss out on the Scottish Premiership title this season was the fact that the squad wasn’t improved last summer.
We cannot keep hanging onto players for sentimental reasons.
There have to be some tough decisions made at Rangers in the summer transfer window otherwise we could start to fall behind a Celtic side that has a manager who’s not afraid to make changes.