By Nnamdi Onyeagwara

29th Jun, 2022 | 7:10pm

St Mirren boss reveals how he tried to sign Rangers star Steven Davis over text

St Mirren manager Stephen Robinson has revealed how he desperately tried to sign Rangers midfielder Steven Davis this summer.

The former Motherwell manager, who became St Mirren boss in February, has been quoted by the Belfast Telegraph saying that he was hoping the former Southampton midfielder would not be offered a new deal at Ibrox to allow him to swoop in.

Robinson texted the 37-year-old before he signed his new deal at Ibrox unsuccessfully hoping to entice him into joining him at St Mirren Park.

Robinson said: “I was desperate to sign him and I was hoping he wouldn’t get another deal.

“There were a lot of rumours that he was coming to St Mirren so I texted him to say, ‘Is there any truth that you are interested?’“

“But he had already signed a contract with Rangers and I wasn’t surprised by that.”

Robinson went on to comment on the professionalism and character of Davis and noted how his 130 caps for his country is an example of the sort of player and person he is.

He added: “Steven is a top-class person and a top-class professional.

“You don’t get as many caps as he has without being a fantastic player.”

37, still going strong.

Davis played a pivotal part in Rangers season last year as he 30 appearances for thee Gers on track to them being runners-up in both the Scottish Premier League and the Europa League after their crushing penalty shootout loss to Eintracht Frankfurt on (May 18.)

Rangers announced two weeks later on (May 31) that Davis had signed a new one-year deal to stay at the club.

It would be his tenth season across two seasons at the club where he has made 343 appearances since 2005.

The Northern Ireland captain is also officially the most capped UK men’s footballer in the history of the game.

Davis also had lengthy spells in England, where he played 225 times for Southampton and 102 times for Aston Villa.

The Northern Ireland international has also featured in the Champions League 11 times and brings a wealth of experience to Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side.

In other Rangers news, this star player is “likely” to leave the club.