By Noel Whelan

17th Sep, 2021 | 7:00am

Gerrard told to manage Davis far better after 'worst game in a Rangers shirt' - pundit

Steven Gerrard needs to manage Steven Davis carefully after “his worst display in a Rangers shirt”.

That is according to ex-Aberdeen striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the veteran midfielder following last night’s 2-0 Europa League defeat to Lyon.

Davis was substituted after 60 minutes of the Ibrox clash as he struggled to get a grip on the midfield against top-class opponents.

The 36-year-old had started the match alongside John Lundstram and Glen Kamara in midfield before he was replaced by wide man Stephen Wright.

“Steven Davis is a Rangers legend and was incredible last season, absolutely outstanding as they won the league,” Whelan told Football Insider.

“He will go down as a great player for the club but he is 36 and you can’t play every minute of every game at that age – not in midfield.

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“It’s okay for a goalkeeper like McGregor, but playing in midfield against top sides like Lyon is completely different.

“Steven Gerrard will know he has to manage Davis’ game time carefully and I think that’s what he will do.

“He will know he was below par against Lyon, probably his worst display in a Rangers shirt, but he also knows what he needs to do to get his body right and get back to the level.”

Davis has made 10 appearances in all competitions for Rangers already this season, including 90 minutes in all five of their Scottish Premiership matches.

He has now played 320 times for the Glasgow giants across two spells.

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