Rangers take on League One side Cove Rangers at Ibrox in the Scottish Cup on Sunday evening and Steven Gerrard should consider dropping Steven Davis from his side.
The 36-year-old has been a regular for the Light Blues so far this season and has been one of their most consistent performers in the league, averaging a very solid 6.99/10 rating across his 30 league appearances this season.
However, he has failed to contribute a goal or an assist in any of those appearances and against a side such as Cove Rangers, where Gerrard will undoubtedly want his side to have a comfortable margin of victory, he may be best served by opting for a more creative midfield.
Although Davis’ performances this season have rightfully earned him a new contract at the club for next season, his performances in the last month for both club and country haven’t been at his usually high level.
Aside from the 3-0 win against St Mirren in early March, all of Davis’ performances with Rangers last month saw him rated below a 6.5 match rating from WhoScored for his performances.
He particularly disappointed in the Europa League games against Slavia Prague and was one of several Rangers players guilty of producing one of their worst displays of the season in the 2-0 defeat at Ibrox.
Although the 36-year-old was able to set a record recently for the most caps earned by any UK player in history, Gerrard may not be too pleased that his veteran midfielder played for 90 minutes against both Italy and Bulgaria during the international break.
Before he broke the record, former Northern Ireland boss Lawrie Sanchez was full of praise for Davis, saying:
“He’s always been what managers call a nine out of ten. You just know what you are getting as he is so consistent. Even now he is the same. He doesn’t carry any baggage and is the ultimate professional. One of the best around.”
Therefore, you could definitely argue that his performances recently have not been great and the midfielder is perhaps in need of a rest, so even though Gerrard might be keen to select some experience in his midfield against Cove Rangers to ensure his side gets the job done, he should drop Davis for this particular fixture.