Rangers ace Steven Davis praised by Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas for international exploits

Charlie Nicholas answers questions during the Gillette Soccer Saturday Live with Jeff Stelling on March 19, 2012 at the Bournemouth International Centre in Bournemouth, England.

The Glasgow Rangers midfielder is not only a cult hero at Ibrox but for Northern Ireland too.

Steven Davis of Northern Ireland  during the  EURO Qualifier match between Northern Ireland  v Germany  at the Windsor Park on September 9, 2019 in Belfast United Kingdom

Glasgow Rangers veteran Steven Davis has been praised by Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas for his exploits with Northern Ireland, the Ibrox midfielder deemed to have "held it together for a long time" (Sky Sports News).

The 34-year-old has been a significant player for Rangers boss Steven Gerrard this season, with 16 appearances in all competitions under his belt as the Ibrox side continues to impress on all fronts.

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Davis has also been instrumental for Northern Ireland over the years, the national captain boasting 107 caps since his 2005 debut including the full 90 minutes in all four games at Euro 2016 according to Transfermarkt.

As Michael O'Neill's charges prepare to take on the Netherlands in Euro 2020 qualifying on Thursday - before a friendly with Czech Republic the following Monday - Nicholas gave his thoughts on both the Wee Army and the Oranje ahead of the two sides facing off.

Charlie Nicholas answers questions during the Gillette Soccer Saturday Live with Jeff Stelling on March 19, 2012 at the Bournemouth International Centre in Bournemouth, England.

"I think Northern Ireland have been punching above their weight for a while," he told Sky Sports News of the £1.8million-rated ace (Transfermarkt). "Steven Davis has held it together for a long time. It is a team that is together but one that does not have a lot of flair.

"The youngsters are coming through for the Netherlands, while Memphis Depay, Georginio Wijnaldum and Ryan Babel have shone. We know all about Virgil van Dijk and Matthijs de Ligt at the heart of the Dutch defence. It will be a comfortable night for the hosts. Northern Ireland don't normally lose many goals but I think they will be put to the sword here."

Davis rejoined Rangers in January on a six-month loan deal from Southampton before making his return to Ibrox permanent in the summer - he had previously played for the Light Blues from 2007 to 2012, winning three league titles, two Scottish Cups, three League Cups and reaching the UEFA Cup final (official website).

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.

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