Steven Davis: This is what next Rangers manager must have
By James Black
Southampton star Steven Davis has revealed that he believes Rangers need to appoint a manager who knows the Ibrox club as the Gers and Celtic are “two clubs that are like no others.”
The former Rangers captain, who left Ibrox in controversial fashion in 2012, admits that it’s not the most important attribute needed for whoever is chosen to replace Pedro Caixinha but feels a knowledge of the club would make a difference.
Davis spent four years at Ibrox and lifted three league titles, two Scottish Cups, three League Cups and reached the UEFA Cup Final during a trophy laden spell with the Glasgow giants.
The Southampton skipper recently picked up his MBE from Prince William at Buckingham Palace and also revealed that if the Ibrox side hadn’t suffered a financial meltdown in 2012, he would likely still be a Rangers player today.
“Obviously with the situation at Rangers if it hadn’t happened I probably would never have left the club but as much as it was a difficult choice at the time it was maybe a challenge that I needed,” Davis said, as quoted by the Daily Record website.
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“With my experience there it is definitely an added bonus if a manager has that background where they know the club because Rangers and Celtic are two clubs that are like no others.
“You think of the demands of both clubs, the pressure and that every single move that anyone makes is either criticised or praised.
“If you have that experience it definitely gives you a foothold there and you know how to deal with certain situations.
“But for me it is not the most important thing.
“The most important thing is to get a manager in there that is going to set the team up well, get the players all playing in the right method and have them well prepared and having everyone buying into making the team successful again.”
Davis ripped up his Rangers contract and headed for the south coast of England but, after the two clubs eventually agreed a fee for the Northern Irish star, the midfielder was quickly forgiven by Rangers fans for walking away.
Since leaving Ibrox, Davis has been a mainstay for Southampton and Northern Ireland and is expected to win his 100th cap for his country in this week’s European Championship playoff.
In other Rangers news, an Ibrox legend was delighted to see Kenny Miller back in the starting XI.