Former Northern Ireland manager Lawrie Sanchez has exclusively told Football FanCast that he isn’t surprised Rangers midfielder Steven Davis was offered fresh terms at Ibrox.
The 36-year-old, who’s played a key role in the Gers’ Scottish Premiership triumph this term, recently signed a new one-year contract and is currently enjoying an impressive second spell at the club.
Despite being the second oldest player in the Rangers squad, Davis has been a regular under Steven Gerrard, and turned in another excellent Old Firm derby performance against Celtic on Sunday – his 47th appearance of the campaign.
His deal with the Scottish champions was set to expire in the summer, but the extension handed to him by Ross Wilson means he’ll remain at Ibrox until 2022.
And Sanchez, who gave the midfielder his debut on the international stage, told Football FanCast that despite turning 37 in January, Davis is more than good enough to still compete at this level.
He said: “He’s your eight out of 10 professional. He looks after himself, he sees the big picture, he understands how to extend his career.
“He’s proved at Southampton, Rangers and with Northern Ireland what a great player he is, he set a record number of caps of any home player. He’s avoided injury most of his career. He’s consistently good, and he’s a good pro, an excellent pro – one that all managers want in the team.
“Certainly, in Scotland, he can cope with that level, so it doesn’t surprise me that Steven Gerrard gave him another new contract. He gives you everything that a modern professional should do.”