Ibrox Noise missed the big news about Steven Davis’ major injury during our downtime last year, with confirmation the midfielder misses the rest of the season at the very least, and is now looking unlikely to play in a Rangers shirt again.
Davis has been beset with injury issues the past 12 months, and those injuries are what opened to the door in early 2022 for John Lundstram, who previously couldn’t play alongside the Northern Irishman, to forge a new duo with Ryan Jack and Glen Kamara, and which saw the former Sheffield man thrive.
Davis has been a fringe player, in and out, since Lundstram’s emergence into the Rangers side under ex-boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst, and Lunny has mostly retained his place under Michael Beale.
Davis’ loss in midfield is sad for the player himself, but his days at Ibrox as a shirt are probably through, and that’s not the end of the world for him, the fans or the club. Steven Davis might be quiet, but he’s highly respected and we could have much worse coaches for our midfield, albeit we already have one in Damian Matthew so we’re not sure if there’s a place in that area for Davo.
But one thing is for sure, the lad has earned a place at the club post-playing career if he so wishes one, and it tends to be that many players who have long-term injuries struggle hugely on their return to either get a place (Jamie Murphy and Kemar Roofe, anyone) or to recapture their old form (Jack, Morelos).
Davis isn’t getting much younger, so he might want to call time on his playing days now, and focus immediately on a coaching role in the summer. We’re not sure how easily a 37-year old can recover from such a bad injury – that’s hard to do.
But having him on Ibrox coaching, if he wishes to go that path, is something that can only benefit the club for sure – and he has confirmed being Rangers manager is his ultimate dream, that and NI. He definitely wants to go there, and post-playing he will 100% be in coaching, whether it’s for Rangers or he has to forge a different route.
But it would be sad if this injury has forced the end of his career – the one thing he deserved was to call time on his own terms.
Hopefully he still can.