Ben Davies’ Rangers career over as defender negotiates exit

Ben Davies’ Rangers career over as defender negotiates exit
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 22: Benjamin Davies of Rangers during the pre-season friendly match between Rangers and SV Hamburg at Ibrox Stadium on July 22, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Ben Davies has been speaking to a number of Championship sides with a view to securing his departure from Rangers, after being told by Michael Beale he won’t be a starter this season.

The former Liverpool defender, modest at best in his maiden season at Ibrox, is not seen as anything more than squad this season, and while included in the Champions League squad to face PSV, he is just depth and has lost his place in the XI for good.

The problem he and Rangers have is his absolutely appalling wage. Gifted a ridiculous £30,000 a week by former Director of Football Ross Wilson and an even worse four-year deal, the defender would have to either accept one hell of a wage drop, or find a Championship side willing to invest that level of salary in him.

Both are long shots – he has no real reason to leave. Thanks to Wilson, he’s got a guaranteed payday of £4.5M for the next 3 years, having already secured £1.5M in his first season.

Who would give up that money for not a lot? And who would accept a lower wage?

Jack Butland did, he went down from around £45,000 to about £30,000 because he’d made his money in football, managed to play for his boyhood idols, and just now wanted to actually play for a huge club. He is also well over 30.

But Davies is still in his 20s, and it’s a different mindset.

So we have to hope his chats with the Championship sides he’s talking to work out well and he finds a deal he’s happy with.

Because his Rangers career is done.

A truly abysmal Ross Wilson addition.

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