Ben Davies’ latest Rangers quotes are deeply worrying

Ben Davies’ latest Rangers quotes are deeply worrying
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 30: Connor Goldson (R) and Ben Davies of Rangers applaud the fans after the team's defeat in the Scottish Cup Semi Final match between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 30, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Rangers fans should be deeply concerned by the latest quotes from Ben Davies, as one of Rangers’ most unpopular players hinted he’s back for good after a return v St Johnstone at the weekend.

After a summer of speculation and our sources informing us he spoke to Preston among other clubs in lieu of a move, Davies completely denies this, and said thus:

“I don’t think so. I’m not sure what was said above me but as far as I was concerned I was a Rangers player and I wasn’t looking to move. My priority over the summer was getting fit and getting back in the team, which I did up in Perth. The manager said I was an important part of what he was looking to do going forward. So I took that in and made sure I went and got myself fit. He’s played me today, so… I think the manager has shown a lot of faith in me since he’s been here. I think it’s time I repaid that and put some good performances in.”

Well, ‘I don’t think so’ isn’t quite the same ‘I was never leaving’ or ‘no, not at all’ – it’s as wet a quote as Davies often gives, a watery and insipidly backbone-lacking evasion, as he often is guilty of on the pitch, of course.

And even more concerning is the fact Ben Davies, after Rangers failed to offload the overpaid loser (strong words we know), is now seemingly back in defence with John Souttar consigned back to the bench.

That Rangers now have Tav, Goldson, Davies and ‘whoever’ at the left once again is a diabolical state for the backline to be in, with Michael Beale specifically choosing that selection at the weekend. Davies is in the Europa League squad, so the deeply depressing defence which shipped so many goals and got Giovanni van Bronkhorst the sack last season suddenly now seems to be again the first choice.

What’s the game here? Why is Beale so insistent on using a pathetic rearguard which will just implode against anything marginally better than St Johnstone?

More importantly, why is this feeble combination of mushy players the first choice for a succession of managers who refuse to drop such meek players and play an actual solid defence? We have Leon Balogun, Dujon Sterling and John Souttar, but now they’re dumped it seems.

We have no answer to this

It’s just deeply depressing.

Oh yeah ‘get behind the team’ ‘in Beale we trust’ and ‘give them a chance ffs’.


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