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Rangers must axe Steven Davis this summer

Rangers boss Gio van Bronckhorst must brutally axe Steven Davis from his squad at Ibrox during the upcoming summer transfer window.

The central midfielder is out of contract at the start of June and Ross Wilson should allow him to move on instead of offering him fresh terms to extend his stay in Glasgow.

Ally McCoist previously dubbed him as “out of this world” but his time at Ibrox may now be coming to an end as others players have stepped ahead of him.

He has been a fine servant to the Gers and was crucial in the title success last season under Steven Gerrard. Davis averaged a SofaScore rating of 7.06 across 35 appearances, making 3.0 tackles and interceptions per game and completing 89% of his attempted passes.

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The Northern Ireland international has found game time hard to come by under van Bronckhorst and has only started nine games in the Premiership so far – one of those coming since the Dutchman joined in November.

This suggests that the ex-Feyenoord coach does not believe he is better than the other options in his side, which could make it a waste of money to extend the player’s contract.

Aaron Ramsey and James Sands have both been brought in to compete in the central areas, but another player has already replaced the £13k-per-week dud in the squad – John Lundstram.

The summer 2021 signing on a free transfer from Sheffield United has hit a rich vein of form this month and is establishing himself as a big player for the Gers. He scored a superb goal against Borussia Dortmund and has formed a solid partnership with Ryan Jack in midfield, with his emergence showing that van Bronckhorst has faith in him to perform.

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When you then throw in Joe Aribo, Scott Arfield and Glen Kamara, along with Ramsey and Sands, into the mix it starts to get a bit crowded in the middle of the park for Rangers. All of the aforementioned players appear to be ahead of Davis in the head coach’s plans and that is why he should be moved on at the end of the season.

The 37-year-old can either retire or head out elsewhere to play regular football before the end of his career. It would be a shame to see him waste his final years as a player sitting on the sidelines watching on as a last-reserve for the Gers, which is why he should be released this summer.

AND in other news,  £5.6k-p/w wasted: Rangers liability has been ransacking Wilson’s pockets for 56 weeks…

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