Steven Davis’ record-breaking cap this week demonstrates the classy midfielder is quite simply one of the finest players the British Isles have ever produced.
Is he as good as a Xavi or Iniesta? Probably not, even if his ex-manager Mauricio Pochettino did legitimately compare him to those talents.
But he is easily the most resilient, outstanding, and consistent of all midfielders the home nations have given the world, and while we won’t strictly claim he’s the best player from the United Kingdom, he’s certainly up there in that bracket.
It’s not like Davo has played with the world’s biggest clubs, aside the Famous of course, with spells at Villa, Fulham and Southampton – honourable clubs, naturally, but not quite the elite of Europe.
But his lack of spells with the biggest clubs doesn’t detract from how good he is – look at Antonio Di Natale – basically spent his career with average clubs but still amassed 41 caps for Italy. He was a world class player and that’s pretty undoubted.
Davo is the same. He’s been an exceptional professional, who is now slowly coming to the end of his career, but he’s played major championships and the highest level of club football (PL, CL) with more than distinction.
He earned this cap, the right to be the most capped Rangers player and the most capped British player of all time.
Few are respected in the game as much as he, and we doubt there’s many of even the grumpiest detractors who would try to undermine his quality and his career.
Well done Steven Davis. One of the People.