'Massive' - Pundit: Rangers have got their own Robert Firmino in the Ibrox ranks
Noel Whelan has compared the unheralded impact of Rangers midfielder Steven Davis to that of the brilliant Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds United and Aberdeen striker claimed every successful team needs a selfless player who puts in consistent performances.
Davis, 35, made his 15th appearance of the season on Thursday in Rangers’ 3-3 draw with Benfica in the Europa League.
Light Blues boss Steven Gerrard was full of praise for the midfielder after the game claiming he is in his best form since his return to Ibrox in January of last year.
Gerrard said: “With his professionalism, his attitude and his application, he has come back (from lockdown) in unbelievable shape and he’s built on that, which has shown in his performances.”
And Whelan echoed the thoughts of the former Liverpool midfielder.
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He told Football Insider: “Every team needs a player like that.
“You don’t win championships without that sort of unsung hero that does a horrible side of the game and works in there.
“He’s not your flair player, he’s a steady consistent leader in that midfield.
“You know he’s one of these players that doesn’t get the recognition, very much like Firmino at times.
“He comes in, but it’s Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah taking all the glory and getting all the headlines, but without Firmino, and without Davis, you don’t get the sort of performances.
“He keeps them solid, he keeps the structure of the team, and the formation he’s massively important.”
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