By Noel Whelan

7th Aug, 2021 | 9:00am

'Born leader' Davis could be named Gerrard's successor at Rangers - pundit

Steven Davis is a “born leader” and has what it takes to be Steven Gerrard’s successor at Rangers.

So says ex-Scottish Premiership forward Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the evergreen 36-year-old midfielder.

Davis was one of Rangers’ leading lights in their superlative 2020-21 campaign and looks to have brought that form into the new season.

He played a starring role in the 3-0 victory over Livingston on the first day of the domestic campaign.

The Northern Ireland skipper also scored a vital goal in the 2-1 first-leg defeat to Malmo in the Champions League on 3rd August.

Gerrard told Rangers TV the following day that he was “running out of plaudits” for Davis following his start to the season.

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Asked whether Davis’ leadership qualities would lend themselves to one day being named Gers manager, Whelan was adamant.

“When you’ve got players like that, why not,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

I look at people like Gareth Southgate who went into management at Middlesbrough.

“He’s a born leader, a talker, an intelligent player, he controls that midfield so well. That’s exactly what you get with Steven Davis.

“It’s the same with Steven Gerrard and the way he played the game, the leadership he brought. I’m sure Gerrard sees a lot of himself in Davis.

“You need those sorts of characters if you are going to be successful. The manager has got loads of experience in there now, loads of leaders.

“I look at Rangers and Celtic and I think that’s the key difference. Celtic don’t have enough leaders out there.

In other news, ex-Ibrox favourite claims Scott Wright is giving Gerrard a serious “headache” at Rangers.