Northern Irish bluenose, Andy Loughran, has put pen to paper once again! This time on recently retired club legend Steven Davis, in another guest blog!
This blog is about the Rangers career of Steven Davis .
The man from Cullybackey had two separate spells at Ibrox, Joining on loan in January 2008 for an initial six months from Fulham,
During that six-month period on loan, he would make 23 appearances in all competitions, his first goal for the club would be in Europe in a UEFA Cup tie at Ibrox vs Werder Bremen, And soon after that, he would get his first medal for the club in the League Cup Final which The Gers beat Dundee United in a penalty shootout at Hampden Park.
Davis would end his initial loan period with a total of three medals, a Scottish cup winners medal and also a runners up medal from the UEFA cup final to add to the League cup winners medal.
Davis would later sign permanently for Rangers in the summer of 2008 from Fulham.
The Ulsterman would become an influential player to Walter Smiths team, He would feature on the right side of midfield and also in the centre, putting in some great performances both Domestically and also in Europe.
In the 2008/09 season his solitary goal in a pivotal 1-0 Old Firm win in May propelled the Gers to the summit of the league table where they never looked back to secure a first title triumph in four years.
He would be a key figure in the team in which the club won ‘three in a row’ between 2009-2011, His individual contribution would be rewarded at the end of the 2009/10 season when he was named the Scotland PFA Players Player of the year.
In the following season more silverware would follow and Davo would net the opening goal against Celtic in the 2011 League cup final.
He would have the honour of Captaining the club in the 2011/12 season.
In 2012 which would prove to be a dark period for Rangers due to administration which would see many players depart it was Steven Davis who had made sure the club received a transfer fee from Southampton.
Davis was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2017 Birthday Honours for services to Football.
Steven would return to his boyhood club once again on loan in 2019 and making the move permanent that summer, in which would see another spell of success for Davis during his final spell as a player at the club.
He would prove to be a key player in his final spell for the club going on to win another League title, Scottish Cup and also another runners up medal in the Europa League, Again he would be rewarded individually when he was voted the Scottish football writers player of the year at the end of the 2020/21 season.
His final act as a ‘Ranger’ would be as Caretaker Manager after the sacking of Michael Beale, He would take charge of the team for two games.
Having announced his retirement from football last week, Its fair to say Steven Davis has been a Legend of the game and a true blue having lived the dream of many and worn the famous blue jersey, as well as a national hero for Northern Ireland.
Steven Davis played for the club he loved and gave great service to The Rangers.
He made 360 Rangers Appearances,
Scoring 27 Goals and had 70 Assists.
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