Andy Walker tips Steven Davis for Rangers backroom role as Philippe Clement organises staff
Andy Walker has tipped Steven Davis for a role in Philippe Clement’s coaching team at Ibrox, as the new Rangers boss looks set to take time over organising his staff.
The Belgian was appointed as Michael Beale’s successor on Sunday (15 October), replacing Davis who was in interim charge of the Gers, but has yet to appoint his full backroom staff with Clement and the club agreeing to see how the people who are already in post work with the players.
In a few weeks, the new Rangers boss and the club will decide whether adding to the coaching staff is necessary or not, but Walker believes that Davis would be the ideal fit for Clement’s backroom team.
Speaking on the Go Radio Football Show on Tuesday (17 October, 25:40) he said: “The first name they looked at was Steven Davis and you would imagine if there was anyone there now it would be him and think about it, he’s got 120-130 caps for Northern Ireland.
“It’s an astonishing amount of caps and he’s had a tremendous career, by all accounts he wants to make some inroads into coaching. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s the one given the trust.”
As soon as Beale was sacked at Ibrox, Davis was the man that the Rangers board turned to to help navigate the period between managers and as Walker suggested, it shows that those in charge of the Gers clearly rate the Northern Irishman highly.
His short interim spell came with a mixed bag of results as the Europa League defeat to Aris Limassol was embarrassing, but then they bounced back quickly against St Mirren to head into the October international break on a little bit of a high.
Clement will need people in his staff who understand the magnitude of what it means to play for Rangers and Davis certainly knows that better than most, having played more than 400 games for the Light Blues across two spells in Glasgow.
Now, he appears to have a few weeks to impress Clement and show that he is capable of being involved in his staff in the future. Given his understanding of the squad both as a teammate and as a coach, he would be a valuable addition to the Belgian’s staff, especially as he settles into life in Scotland.
In other Rangers news, Barry Ferguson has been wowed by Clement’s early decisions at Ibrox