'Past it': Reported Rangers target Steven Davis criticised after Southampton loss

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Aberdeen at Ibrox Stadium on December 5, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Steven Gerrard reportedly wants to bring Steven Davis back to Rangers, and the midfielder made his first Premier League start of the season this week.

Steven Davis of Southampton adjusts his rainbow laces captains armband during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton FC at Wembley Stadiumon December 5, 2018 in...

While Steven Davis would be welcomed back at Ibrox with open arms from Rangers supporters, it seems that Southampton fans would also be happy to see the experienced midfielder return north of the border.

According to the Express (16 October, back page), Steven Gerrard was lining up a move to re-sign Rangers' former captain; a man who won three Scottish Premiership titles during a stellar spell in royal blue.

And Davis made his long-awaited first Premier League start of the season on Wednesday night, featuring in the first XI as the Saints made the trip to Wembley to take on Tottenham Hotspur.

But has the 33-year-old shown with his performance why he had fallen so far down the pecking order under Mark Hughes?

Southampton's Northern Irish midfielder Steven Davis (L) vies with Tottenham Hotspur's Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen (C) and Tottenham Hotspur's South Korean striker Son Heung-Min...

If you ask Southampton fans, it seems that Davis’ best years are well behind him, as he struggled to make any impact on the game while spurning a glorious second-half chance as the South Coast strugglers slipped to a 3-1 defeat in North London.

Davis is surely capable of making a major impact in Rangers colours but, if Gerrard gets his man, he should be aware that the veteran is not the all-action midfield enforcer he once was.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Aberdeen at Ibrox Stadium on December 5, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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