By Alan Hutton

22nd Oct, 2021 | 7:00am

Rangers TV pundit: 'Outstanding' Davis replacement is already in the Ibrox ranks

Alan Hutton has tipped John Lundstram as the long-term successor to Steven Davis at Rangers.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gers defender and Rangers TV pundit suggested Steven Gerrard is moulding the 27-year-old into the Northern Ireland legend’s replacement.

As quoted by the Scotsman after the 1-1 draw with Hearts, Gerrard insisted Lundstram is “epitomising exactly” what he wants.

The Ibrox boss heralded the summer signing’s “phenomenal” consistency levels and said he “played like two players”.

While Lundstram started and scored against Hearts, Davis was limited to a 15-minute cameo as a substitute.

Hutton admitted Gerrard needs to manage the 36-year-old’s game time to protect him.

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As such, he suggested Lundstram could start to take his place more often moving forward.

“We know when the big games come around, Steven Davis is going to play,” Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

“He’s 36, still playing international football, he’s getting a lot of minutes. You have to use him when you need to, but he also needs that rest.

“That’s where he is at. You do miss his calming influence, he takes the ball from centre-halves, he starts off attacks, he makes things happen.

“In difficult periods of the game, you can always rely on him to just tone it down a little or speed it up if he needs to. He’s not a spring chicken anymore, so you need to be careful.

“That’s what Gerrard is doing and I think he’s trying to mould other players into that role, the likes of Lundstram.

“In the long term, Lundstram’s probably the guy that will take over that position eventually. He’s just going to have to take his time to learn the position.

“I think it was always just a matter of time with him. He has come from a team with low possession into a team where it’s the total opposite. Now, he is judged on what he does with the ball.

“He’s obviously taken time to grow into that role but we’re seeing the development in his game. He has taken it on board and I thought it was an outstanding performance against Hearts.”

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