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Iconic Rangers Star Opens Up On His Future – What’s Next For The Midfield Maestro?

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Rangers are struggling a bit of late in the Premiership, but they are still in the race for successive Scottish crowns with just seven games remaining. The Gers have progressed to the quarter-finals of the Europa League, while a place in the Scottish Cup semis suggest there is plenty to play for over the next couple of months.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst had little time to settle down since replacing Steven Gerrard as the Ibrox chief. The Dutchman dealt with injuries to first-team stars, but the squad depth, as well as the winter arrivals, restored parity in various spots.

They parted ways with Juninho Bacuna in January but, at the same time, roped in James Sands and Aaron Ramsey to bolster themselves in the centre of the pitch.

Meanwhile, the future of veteran Steven Davis seems uncertain amid an injury-ravaged campaign. The 37-year-old midfield general was pivotal last season en route to conquering the silverware, but fitness woes in recent months have cast doubts on what lies ahead of the Northern Irishman.

Rangers midfielder Steven Davis in action
Lyon’s French midfielder Maxence Caqueret (L) vies with Rangers’ Northern Irish midfielder Steven Davis during the UEFA Europa League group A football match between Rangers and Olympique_Lyonnais at the Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow on September 16, 2021. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / POOL / AFP) (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images). The 4th Official uses images provided by the following image agency: Getty Images (https://www.gettyimages.de/) and Imago Images (https://www.imago-images.de/).

Davis’ contract is set to expire in the summer, but he is focusing on getting back fit for ‘an important run-in’ as told to BBC Northern Ireland (quoted by the Daily Record).

“I’ve got to that stage of my career where I don’t really look too far ahead and I obviously need to see what happens in the summer with my career in general. We’ll see where everything sits after that.”

Revealed the former Southampton ace as he might hang up his boots after such an illustrious career of the very highest order.

Why Davis Is Still Required In Rangers Midfield

Rangers have ample midfield options in their armoury, with John Lundstram and Ryan Jack being preferred as the double pivot. Glen Kamara has appeared extensively across competitions, whereas both Ramsey and Sands have started contributing after initial jitters. Davis, therefore, has slipped down the pecking order of deep-lying midfielders.

Having said that, his experience might play a vital role in the decisive contests. Jack has a history of long injury layoffs, and his minutes must be managed carefully to avoid another setback.

Ramsey, Joe Aribo and Scott Arfield have lately featured as attacking playmakers, and the gaffer should deploy Davis in the closing minutes to grind out results. It remains to be seen though whether he regains fitness during the ongoing international break and finds a place in the matchday squad against Celtic on 3rd April.

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