Exclusive: Pundit raves over 'Invaluable' Rangers star who is 'No different' to Gerrard

Noel Whelan has been left raving about Rangers midfielder Steven Davis and suggests that the 34-year-old has a similar mentality to manager Steven Gerrard.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the ex-Coventry City and Leeds United attacker explained that the Gers boss likely looked for players who have similar characters to himself when building his squad and that’s what led to Davis’ signing.

Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman gushed about Davis ahead of the midfielder featuring in Northern Ireland’s 3-1 loss to the Dutch and insisted any manager would love to have a player like the 34-year-old.

Whelan appeared to see where Koeman was coming from on Davis and pointed out that the Gers veteran had a winning mentality and the dedication and drive needed in order to go and win things.

When asked about Koeman’s glowing assessment of Davis, Whelan told Football Insider: “I think Stevie will know that experience is invaluable for a side.

“You’ve got to get a nice blend there, you’ve got to get someone who has a winning mentality and that grit between the teeth to go and win things at the club and Steven Davis is definitely one of those players.

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“Stevie knows the type of character he wants to look for, you know he wants someone who is similar to himself, puts 100% in, works well with the team and someone who is driven for success, no different to Stevie.

“He played that way, no matter how many goals he scored or games he won, that winning mentality never changed and he has the same mentality as a manager and he wants to surround that team with players who have the same mentality he had, so it’s proven to be a good move by Steven.”

Davis has regularly featured for Gerrard this season as he has racked up 16 appearances for Rangers across all competitions so far.

The central midfielder returned for his second spell at Ibrox in January 2019 when he joined the Gers on loan from Southampton and made his move to the club permanent in the summer.

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