Rangers returned to winning ways in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday afternoon as Steven Gerrard’s side won 4-2 thanks to goals from Joe Aribo, Connor Goldson, Alfredo Morelos and Stuart Arfield.
After concerning away defeats against Dundee United and Malmo in their last two trips away from Ibrox, Rangers quickly set about their business against Malky Mackay’s Ross County at Victoria Park and looked comfortable as soon as Aribo curled in an impressive opener.
One of the key reasons that Gerrard’s side were able to see out the game with relative ease was the performance of Steven Davis in the middle of the park.
As per SofaScore, the experienced Northern Irishman would earn an impressive 7.5/10 rating for his performance against the Staggies, with only Morelos and Goldson rated higher of the players who featured in the game.
Davis completely dictated proceedings from midfield, enjoying 116 touches of the ball during the 90 minutes, which was far and away the most of any player, whilst he also, impressively, completed 92/105 passes, resulting in an 88% pass success rate.
By comparison, last season the former Southampton man would average 72.4 passes per game, whilst also averaging 0.8 key passes, against Ross County he would complete three key passes, which emphasises just how impressive he was on Sunday afternoon.
The 36-year-old demonstrated his excellent quality on the ball and emphasised just how important he remains in Gerrard’s side, after earning a one-year extension earlier in the summer thanks to the part he played in the title win last season.
His performances last season earned him high praise from Rangers legend Ally McCoist, who dubbed him “out of this world” after he scored a stunning goal in an Old Firm derby win at Ibrox.
If Davis continues to perform as he did on Sunday throughout the season, then it would not be a surprise to see him handed another new contract at Ibrox at the end of this season.