Danny Mills lauded the “fantastic pride and a magnificent professionalism” of Steven Davis after the Rangers midfielder became Northern Ireland’s most capped player.

The former Leeds and Manchester City defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that that the achievement would be “ultra-special” if it can be followed up by qualification for next year’s Euros.

The 35-year-old earned his 120th international cap in Northern Ireland’s penalty shootout victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina on Thursday night.

He overtook previous record-holder goalkeeper Pat Jennings to be the most capped home nations player of all time.

Mills hailed the vital hard work and fitness the midfielder demonstrated in achieving such a feat.

“He has been an incredibly consistent player,” he told Football Insider.

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“Northern Ireland have produced some outstanding players at times but they have never been able to produce an eleven. That has always been the difficulty for them.

“The key to his longevity is working hard and staying fit. A lot of players pull out of international duty so it shows that he has fantastic pride and a magnificent professionalism.

“Northern Ireland would love to get to another major tournament and that would cap it off for Davis and make the achievement ultra-special.”

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Norther Ireland will play Slovakia on 12 November for a place in Euro 2020.

Davis has made 271 appearances for the Gers during two spells at Ibrox, contributing 22 goals and 66 assists in that time.

In other Rangers news, Kevin Phillips claims the club are ‘deep in negotiations’ to sign ‘fantastic’ player.