By Noel Whelan

7th Mar, 2020 | 8:00am

Exclusive: Rangers midfielder more important than Gerrard in dressing room - Ibrox pundit

Noel Whelan claims that Rangers midfielder Steven Davis could be “more important” than Steven Gerrard in turning the club’s domestic form around.

The former Leeds United and Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists that experienced players can have more of an impact in motivating their teammates than the manager can.

Despite making it to the last-16 of the Europa League, the Gers were knocked out of the Scottish Cup last weekend and have just one win in four Premiership games.

As one of the most experienced members of the squad at Ibrox, Whelan believes that Davis could prove even more important than his boss in transforming the Light Blues’ fortunes.

Speaking about the 35-year-old, Whelan told Football Insider: “Sometimes you need those players to do a job for the manager.

“Sometimes it’s more important that a player is saying things to players than a manager to the players and Steven Gerrard will know that.

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“I’m sure he helped Houllier, Benitez and all these other managers out by being that leader, being that talker, by demanding more and he’s going to want the same from his players in that dressing room.” 

Davis has been a mainstay for the Light Blues since re-signing permanently for the club last summer, with a total of 40 appearances under his belt already this season.

He has a total of 258 games for Rangers after spending four years at Ibrox between 2008 and 2012.

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