By Alan Hutton

24th Mar, 2021 | 9:30am

Hutton hails Davis after 'absolutely brilliant news' from Rangers

Alan Hutton has insisted the “outstanding” Steven Davis has plenty to offer on and off the pitch after extending his stay at Rangers.

The former Gers defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the veteran midfielder could still play on past the end of next season.

Rangers announced on Saturday the 36-year-old had put pen to paper on a one-year extension at Ibrox.

He proceeded to put in an impressive midfield display in Sunday’s 1-1 Old Firm draw against Celtic.

Davis has been a mainstay for Steven Gerrard this term, with 41 appearances and a single goal under his belt so far.

Hutton suggested the Northern Ireland international could still play for another couple of years.

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He also insisted Davis’ off-field influence is just as important as what he offers on the pitch.

Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “Absolutely brilliant news. I think he’s been outstanding this season and one of the top performers.

“The way he carries himself on and off the pitch, we’ve spoke about how many international caps he’s got. He puts it all into games and in training and he’s great to have around the place, obviously, for his experience.

“He’s won championships before, played in the Champions League, stuff like that for his experience. 

“For the younger players coming up, to see someone like him, to learn off him, he’s still got so much to give. I mean, it doesn’t look like he’s slowing down.

“The possession that he plays, he is more than capable of playing for the next couple of seasons anyway. I think it was a no-brainer for him to sign for that year.”

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