Date: 28th January 2019 at 8:00am
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Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill believes Rangers January signing Steven Davis is exactly where he wants to be and has the quality to improve the Gers in the second half of the season.

Davis of course is well used to life at Ibrox, but left the club under something of a cloud in 2012 when he opted to make the switch to Southampton on the cheap.

His return has been a slow burn so far given his lack of match fitness but came off the bench yesterday at Livingston to continue that process.

The veteran’s national manager believes his quality will shine through at the club in time.

As quoted by The Scottish Sun, O’Neill said:

What he is best at is making other players around him better. That’s one of his biggest qualities. He isn’t an intimidating player either.

We had been chatting about a move for a while. I know he was unhappy with the situation at Southampton. The first thing was, ‘Go to a place where you really want to be’ — and that’s Rangers. Plus, join a team with a chance of winning things.

I think it’s the right move. He sees things quickly, he has the recognition of what is the pass to press. Other players join in on the back of that. His game intelligence is very good. What he’s also very good at is his ability to stay on the ball.

Rangers have a top player and they are getting him at a good time. He’s focused. There’s no risk to bringing him in at this age. He wants to be there.

Clearly these are comments which should please every Rangers fan and should offer encouragement that the 105-cap international still has plenty to offer at Ibrox despite his 34 years of age.

He may not be the same dynamic midfielder that once destroyed the Scottish Premier League, but he has the experience and quality to improve our midfield area.

I’m looking forward to seeing him start more matches soon.