Jackie McNamara claims that Rangers manager Steven Gerrard will need to “manage” Steven Davis’ game time despite his impressive start to the season at Ibrox.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Scotland international says that the 34-year-old has looked good in nearly every game he has played in during the early weeks of the campaign, highlighting the Old Firm defeat to Celtic as the only blotch on his copybook.
Davis initially returned to Rangers on loan from Southampton back in January before turning the move permanent with a free transfer from the Premier League outfit.
McNamara says that his experience of European nights and big game scenarios is going to play a big part for Gerrard’s men, as it did in the 1-0 win over Feyenoord on Thursday, but that the manager will need to make sure he takes the veteran out of the firing line at times.
McNamara told Football Insider: “I thought he had a good game (v Feyenood), Davis. He’s started the season quite well, apart from the Celtic game – but then I think their whole team was overrun in that game.
“He’s used to that environment. He’s experienced in there but they’ll have to manage him between the games with his age.”
Davis has played 11 times across all competitions this season, including turning out in every one of the club’s five Premiership games so far.
Since first turning out for the Light Blues back in 2008, the Northern Ireland international has featured in 229 games for the Glasgow giants, while he also has 107 caps for his country.