COMMENT By Will Butcher
Rangers should look to lure former Ibrox ace Steven Davis back to Auchenhowie this summer after Southampton completed the signing of Mario Lemina from Juventus.
Gabon international Lemina joins the Saints after impressing in Juventus’ Serie A campaign that saw the Italian giants lift their sixth consecutive league title.
Completing an £18million move, Lemina becomes Southampton’s record signing and pushes a 32-year-old Davis down the pecking order at St. Mary’s Stadium.
It now sees the 92-time Northern Ireland international sit behind the likes of James Ward-Prowse, Jordy Clasie, Oriol Romeu and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
Although he has two years remaining on his current deal, it could tempt the former Fulham midfielder to leave the south coast as he looks for regular first-team football to prolong his involvement in professional football.
Davis played for Rangers during two spells, first on loan during the second half of the 2007-08 season where he left Fulham to join the Glasgow outfit.
He then signed permanently two months later after rejoining Fulham for around £3.5million, making exactly 200 appearances in all competitions for the club before leaving in 2012.
Scoring more than once every 10 games from midfield with 21 strikes for the Light Blues, Davis was somewhat of an assist machine, laying on a huge 60 goals for his side.
Rangers could do with additions in the middle of the park, as Jordan Rossiter struggles with injury while Jason Holt is yet to show why he deserves a place in the first team.
New signing Carlos Pena is said to be unfit and weeks away from first-team football, leaving just Ryan Hack and Graham Dorrans.
Throwing a player like Davis into the mix, who understands the bitter rivalry with Celtic and what it takes to win a Scottish Premiership title, would be crucial in helping reduce the 39-point gap that separated the Gers and Celtic last time around.
Adding creativity and determination as well as enthusiasm among fans, signing Davis would be a major coup for Caixinha in what is likely to be a cut-price deal.
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