Ex-Ibrox captain Davis reveals contentious boyhood hero
By James Black
Former Rangers captain Steven Davis has revealed he based his career on Celtic icon Neil Lennon growing up in Northern Ireland.
The Southampton star said that he wanted to “replicate” Northern Irish stars like Lennon and Jim Magilton after watching them on TV.
Lennon earned 40 caps for Northern Ireland before retiring from international duty over death threats.
Davis is set to win his 100th cap in the upcoming World Cup play-off against Switzerland and before the game revealed his boyhood heroes for his nation, which is no doubt going to be a contentious issue for some die-hard Gers fans.
“Looking up to Northern Ireland players as a kid the first one was George Best,” Davis said, as quoted by the Daily Record website.
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“He wasn’t in my era but I watched the videos.
“Then I would watch players like Neil Lennon and Jim Magilton on TV.
“They were midfielders playing at a high level and you wanted to replicate what they had achieved.”
Davis spent over four years at Ibrox before leaving in controversial circumstances in 2012.
After refusing to transfer his contract over to Charles Green’s newco under TUPE legislation, Davis signed for Southampton with the clubs eventually agreeing a fee for the midfielder.
During his time at Rangers Davis lifted won three league titles, two Scottish Cups, three League Cups and reached the 2008 UEFA Cup Final.
After David Weir left the club, Davis took on the captaincy of his boyhood heroes before leaving at the end of the same season.
The 32-year-old received his MBE last week from Prince William in a ceremoy at Buckingham Palace.
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