Steven Davis doesn't want Rangers-linked Michael O'Neill to leave Northern Ireland role

General view of Ibrox Stadium ahead of the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Former Rangers midfielder Davis has played under the man linked with the vacant Ibrox post for the past six years.

Ki Sung Yueng (R) of Celtic tries to tackle Steven Davis of Rangers during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on March 25, 2012...

Former Rangers midfielder Steven Davis wants Michael O'Neill to stay on as manager of Northern Ireland, amid links to various vacant roles including the one at Ibrox.

O'Neill's future is uncertain after the Green and White Army failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup this week.

The 48-year-old is under contract until 2020, although according to Sky Sports, the IFA are ready to offer him an improved deal to keep him out of the clutches of others.

Scotland are keen on O'Neill as Gordon Strachan's replacement, according to the Guardian, while he also features on Sky Bet's list of candidates for the Sunderland, Everton and Rangers positions.

But Davis, who has played under the Portadown native since 2011, hopes he will resist any offers that come his way.

"I speak for everyone by saying we’d love him to stay and how important he is for us," said the Southampton midfielder, as quoted by the Scottish Sun. "He has a bit of time and decisions to make.

Michael O'Neill, Manager of Northern Ireland looks dejected following the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Play-Off: Second Leg between Switzerland and Northern Ireland at St. Jakob-Park on...

"Other nations and clubs will probably take an interest in him because of the success we have had, but from a selfish point of view we really want to keep him."

David added: "As a manager, he’s unbelievable, we all love him and every single player plays for him. He’s such a good manager and it would be a shame to lose him.

"But we know on the other side, management is such a difficult job and if something came up, where it would be difficult to turn down, no-one would ever begrudge him that."

Davis, who won his 100th Northern Ireland cap last week, spent four years on Rangers books, but returned to English football after the club's demotion to the fourth tier.

And the 32-year-old would surely to back O'Neill's move to Ibrox, should he opt to leave his current role.

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