Frank McAvennie has claimed Rangers midfielder Steven Davis has had a big impact on the development of his Ibrox teammate Ryan Jack.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Celtic and Scotland striker delivered his verdict after Steven Gerrard revealed Jack will miss a “couple of weeks” of action with a calf injury.
The Scotland international returned from a knee injury at the end of last month but suffered a fresh set back last weekend when he substituted off after just 27 minutes against Dundee United.
Davis partnered Jack against Dundee United and McAvennie has claimed the Northern Irishman, along with his senior colleagues Allan McGregor and Jermain Defoe, have helped the Gers reach another level this season.
He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “I think Ryan Jack’s a good player.
“You know what you’re getting from him – he’s a seven out of 10 every week.
“He gets the ball by winning tackles and gives it to the players that can go and hurt people and every team needs players like that and not every team has a player like Jack.
“The best thing that can happen is Steven Davis being beside him, somebody like Davis being in training with him…
“I think that’s the biggest thing that happened with Rangers, they’ve got Defoe, Davis and McGregor. You look at these boys and they’ve been at the top for years. That’s started to rub off and bring experience to the team.
“They’re not playing all the time but when you’re winning and on the front foot. It’s a lot easier, believe me. When you’re not playing well your legs start to feel it.
“Steve Davis is cruising because they’re attacking all the time, they’ve got a lot of time on the ball and that’s when Davis comes into his own.
“I think Steven Davis has been superb and helped the boy Jack with his career.”