By Joe Ellis

28th Oct, 2022 | 7:10pm

Ben Davies now most important Rangers player amid mini Ibrox crisis

Ben Davies began his career at Rangers with injuries but he has very quickly become the most important player at the football club.

The 27-year-old signed for the Light Blues just this summer after a very disappointing period of time at Liverpool where he was signed just to cover for other players.

That looked like it could be the same deal at Ibrox initially after Giovanni van Bronckhorst saved him from oblivion at Anfield as John Souttar and Connor Goldson appeared as the preferred duo to start the season.

But Souttar, who also joined in the summer from Hearts, quickly ruled himself out through injury to catapult Davies into the side when he returned to fitness.

Now, though, he is the most crucial cog in the Rangers machine with Goldson out injured for several months and the only fit central defenders at the club being Leon King and James Sands.

Neither player is hugely experienced at a senior level so having somebody with bags of games under their belt alongside them is absolutely critical for the Bears.

Davies has been very complimentary of King in particular recently having formed a quick bond at the heart of the Gers defence in the absence of Goldson, Souttar and Filip Helander.

“I thought from the start with Leon that he’s got the right attitude and presence about him,” he said, as quoted by Football Scotland. “He seems like nothing phases him when I speak to him and he just takes everything in his stride.”

James Tavernier is luckily still fit at right-back but Ridvan Yilmaz is emerging on the other side and he is still very young himself despite several caps for Turkey.

If Davies were to go down injured, it could turn very nasty for Rangers in rapid time with King and Sands almost forced to play together against much more experienced attackers and teams.

In other Rangers news, the Light Blues could be invited along with Celtic into a hugely controversial competition that hit the headlines in 2021.