Rangers host Hearts at Ibrox next weekend after a two-week break due to international duty and this has afforded Steven Gerrard plenty of time to consider his Gers team selection for the clash.
The break also hands a chance for players to stake a claim for their place in the Rangers XI by catching the eye with a strong performance for their respective countries.
One player who failed to take his opportunity to impress was central midfielder Steven Davis, who struggled for Northern Ireland against Switzerland on Saturday. The ex-Southampton man struggled in the middle of the park as the Swiss recorded a comfortable 2-0 win in the World Cup Qualifier.
Davis left a lot to be desired at both ends of the pitch, as he was defensively weak and poor on the ball. Per SofaScore, he lost 75% of his duels as he only won two of his eight 50/50’s. He also failed to make a single tackle in 90 minutes on the pitch, whilst being dribbled past once. This shows that he was a yard slower than the Switzerland players, whilst he also failed the physical test in his individual duels.
In possession, the veteran was unable to showcase his quality either. Per SofaScore, he only completed 67% of his attempted passes, whilst losing the ball 12 times from only 41 touches. That meant he surrendered possession every 3.4 touches.
He also failed with five of his six long pass attempts and did not attempt a single dribble in the match. This shows that he struggled with the ball at his feet and was nullified by the Switzerland midfield.
With plenty of competition for a starting berth in midfield for the Gers, this performance from Davis was far from ideal for him. The likes of Joe Aribo, Glen Kamara, John Lundstram and Juninho Bacuna are all vying to start in the midfield three and Gerrard could be tempted to go without Davis due to the worrying nature of this display.
Therefore, Davis has missed a huge chance to show Gerrard that he deserves to start against Hearts. Although he is an experienced player who can be relied upon if needed, the other players in his position could put forward cases of their own and reference his troublesome showing for Northern Ireland.