By Alan Hutton

10th Dec, 2020 | 8:00am

Pundit Exclusive: Rangers may have already bagged the next Steven Davis

Alan Hutton has admitted he is excited to see Bongani Zungu in action for Rangers against Lech Poznan – and claimed the club may already have the next Steven Davis.

The former Gers defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has suggested the South Africa international could fill a void left by Davis in the starting XI on Thursday night.

As confirmed by Steven Gerrard at his pre-match press conference, the 28-year-old is set to make only his second start for the Glasgow giants in what will be their final Europa League group match.

Zungu’s only other start came in the Scottish League Cup win over Falkirk, while he has featured as a substitute against Hamilton, Ross County and Standard Liege.

Hutton has insisted rotation among the midfielders will be crucial heading into the busy festive period and suggested Zungu could take on the role usually filled by Davis on Thursday.

Hutton told Football Insider: “Gerrard and his backroom staff will have their eyes on all the midfielders who can come in, because you know what it’s like, it’s a long season especially this period coming up.

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“He’s going to rotate his squad and Zungu has come in, he’s a big, strong guy who likes to keep the ball moving, he’s got good range of passing and he kind of fits that Steven Davis bill.

“I don’t know at this precise moment in time if he’s got that killer ball that Davis seems to have in his locker but he’s definitely promising in the spells that we’ve seen him.” 

Davis, 35, has played 19 times across all competitions this season, including starts in four of Rangers’ five Europa League games.

The Northern Ireland international saw out the full 90 minutes in Sunday’s 4-0 win over Ross County as he was partnered by Joe Aribo and Glen Kamara in midfield.

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