By Football Insider speaking to Kevin Campbell

25th Feb, 2020 | 5:50pm

'Vitally important' - Exclusive: Bruce singles out crucial Rangers star ahead of Braga clash

Rangers midfielder Steven Davis is going to be “vital” for Steven Gerrard in the club’s Europa League clash against Braga, according to Alex Bruce.

The former Kilmarnock and Hull defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists that experience is going to be huge for the Light Blues in Portugal and that the 35-year-old will play a big role.

Davis played the full 90 minutes of the first leg, setting up an assist during the dramatic 3-2 win for Gerrard’s men.

Bruce says that keeping possession is going to be important if the Gers are going to qualify for the next round and that their veteran in the midfield will play a significant role.

When asked which players would be most important on Wednesday night, Bruce told Football Insider: “The experienced players, going away from home in Europe, your Steve Davis for example.

“He keeps the ball, he’s got a level head, got experience both at Premier League level and international level so people like him will be vitally important to the team.

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“He’ll have to act as a leader on the night.” 

Davis has been a mainstay for the Glasgow giants this season, with a total of 37 appearances already under his belt across all competitions, his only goal coming against Porto in the Europa League group stages.

A brace from Ianis Hagi helped Rangers turn the first-leg of the tie on its head after Braga had taken a 2-0 lead at Ibrox last week.

In other Rangers news, Bruce has made a significant transfer claim after a big Steven Gerrard reveal.