Could Celtic have helped Rangers in Steven Davis pursuit?

Stuart Armstrong (L2), of Celtic celebrates scoring a goal early in the first half during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Aberdeen and Celtic at Hampden Park on May 27, 2017 in...

Glasgow Rangers are reportedly keen to bring Steven Davis back to Ibrox this summer.

Steven Davis of Southampton in action  during the Premier League match between Southampton and West Ham United at St Mary's Stadium on August 19, 2017 in Southampton, England.

According to Sky Sports' live transfer blog (28/06; 15:58), Rangers are keen on bringing Steven Davis back to Ibrox this summer six years after he initially left the Gers for Southampton.

It is an intriguing deal for the Light Blues to pursue. Davis has been a fantastic signing for the Saints, but he has been less influential over the last couple of years and there may not be too many fans of the south coast club who fear what letting Davis go will do for their side.

Steven Davis of Rangers celebrates after scoring during the Clydesdale Bank Premier League match between Rangers and Hearts at Ibrox Stadium on May 7, 2011 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Nevertheless, his connection to the Gers would make him a popular signing and there is no question that he would still be an excellent addition to the club's ranks, even with the depth they already boast in the middle of the park.

And if Rangers manage to get Davis through the door, perhaps Gerrard will partially have Celtic to thank as the Hoops have arguably helped pave the way for a deal to be done.

Ross McCrorie of Rangers vies with Stuart Armstrong of Celtic during the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Ranger at Celtic Park on December 30, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

If the Saints decide to let the Northern Ireland international leave this summer, it seems likely that their deal to sign Stuart Armstrong has played some part in the decision as Davis was already edging closer to the periphery of the squad and Armstrong's arrival is perhaps what pushes him closer to the exit.

So perhaps it is entirely possible that it be Celtic's decision to let Armstrong leave Parkhead that ultimately goes same way to leaving the path clear for Rangers to land one of their targets. 

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