STEVEN DAVIS will definitely be a Ranger next season, and it’s safe to say the Northern Ireland legend is absolutely thrilled.
Davis, who won three league titles, two Scottish Cups and three League Cups in his first spell at Gers from 2008 to 2012, returned to Ibrox on a loan deal from Southampton back in January.
He has shown some fantastic form of late, and has been rewarded with a permanent, one-year deal with Rangers to take him through to summer 2020.
Speaking exclusively to RangersTV at the Hummel Training Centre this afternoon, he beamed: “I am obviously delighted my future has been sorted out. I have thoroughly enjoyed, especially in the last couple of weeks, the performances of the team as they have been really good and I think there has been a lot of progress made this season.
“We are disappointed that we didn’t manage to pick up any silverware to this point, but there is a lot to look forward to in the future.
“[To begin with], it was a case of myself and the club getting the initial period out of the way and seeing how everything went as my family are still down south.
“That has been different, but I am delighted to now get everything signed and sealed.
“I am a bit disappointed the season is coming to an end in all honesty as I have thoroughly enjoyed the last few weeks and my performances have improved as well.
“I am enjoying making an impact on the team and there have been a lot of positives.”
Davis’ real breakthrough into the Rangers team came against Kilmarnock in March before he followed that up with back-to-back 90 minutes for Northern Ireland against Estonia and Belarus.
“I think getting consecutive gametime did me the world of good,” he continued. “I have spoken before saying how hard it is to replicate the intensity in training to really prepare you for a game.
“It was always about getting minutes on the pitch, and I was hoping I’d be able to make an impact on the team, and thankfully I have started doing that and am enjoying it.”
Recent weeks have seen Davis play an instrumental role in the side at the base of midfield for Gers, and it is a role he feels he is flourishing in.
He continued: “It is a different role for me, and it is a position I have played in for Northern Ireland a number of times in the last 12 months, and it is a position I enjoy.
“It gives me the opportunity to get on the ball and keep the ball moving for the team. Everyone has bought into it really well and the performances have shown on the pitch.
“These are only just the first steps and there is still a lot of improvement we can still make within the team.
“There have been positive signs in these last few weeks, and the most important thing for us is now to finish the season as strongly as possible.
“We have three games remaining, and we want to try and win all of those to put us in a good position for pre-season when we go again.”
This permanent switch for Davis brings to a close his near-seven year involvement with Premier League Southampton, and the South Coast club will always have a special place in his heart.
He added: “I thoroughly enjoyed it, and it was a great club to be a part of. I had quite a bit of success there in terms of where we got the club to as we reached a cup final and got into Europe as well.
“It was a great place, I felt like I improved as a player on and off the pitch, so I have nothing but good things to say about Southampton.”