Steven Davis is a wonderful footballer and the perfect model for fellow Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack to follow, according to Frank McAvennie. 

The former Celtic striker heaped praise on Davis in exclusive conversation with Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs upon learning that Jack was due to return to training after being sidelined since November.

In that time, Rangers have extended their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership to a surely-unassailable 21 points.

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In Jack’s absence, Davis has taken on an even more prominent role than usual, and McAvennie was emphatic in his praise of the 36-year-old.

He told Football Insider: “Steven Davis is very experienced and he has dictated the play for them over the past couple of months. The only time he got the run around was against Celtic for an hour. Soro and Turnbull did so well.

“The return of Jack will help and he will have learned a lot sitting on the sidelines and watching how the master does it because Davis is up there with the very wonderful players.

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“He finds himself in pockets of space all the time and that is not by luck. I have nothing but praise for the boy Davis.”

Davis is Northern Ireland’s most-capped player with 124 appearances for his country.

This is his second stint in Rangers colours after he spent four years at the club from 2008 to 2012 before joining Southampton.

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