RANGERS boss Steven Gerrard believes bringing Steven Davis back to Ibrox on a six-month loan from Southampton was a ‘no brainer’.
On Sunday it was confirmed that the 34-year-old Northern Ireland midfielder would return to the Light Blues for the remainder of the 2018/19 season with Bournemouth’s Jermain Defoe also joining the club on an 18-month loan deal.
It was an exciting weekend of transfer activity for Rangers fans and speaking exclusively to RangersTV about Davis’ arrival, Gerrard admits he is thrilled to add a player with great quality and experience to his squad.
The manager said: “He brings energy, he brings responsibility as a player who will always have the ball in any situation, he can handle the crowds, he’s done it before and he brings vital experience and quality. So he certainly strengthens us in the midfield area.
“Obviously Ejaria went back so we were looking in that area to replace and we are very happy that Steven has decided to come back to Rangers.
“We also have to give a special mention to Bournemouth and Southampton who were very supportive and helpful in getting our targets over the line.
It was a no brainer and I think the key is Steven was desperate to come. Obviously he wasn’t getting much game time at Southampton and he wanted a fresh challenge at the stage of the career he is at.
“Having spoken with him I can still get a feel for that hunger and I’ve got no doubts he will strengthen us, without a doubt.”
At 38 years of age it wasn’t so long ago that Gerrard was competing against Davis and Defoe on the pitch and he remembers those battles well.
He added: “Jermain was a nightmare to play against because of his energy, his movement and obviously that goal threat.
“Steven was a player who was competitive in the middle of the pitch, he had tonnes of energy and never stopped.
“But the important ingredient that I like about him is that he will always have the ball. Win, lose or draw and whatever stage the game is at, he will always take that responsibility and show that leadership. I think that’s what we need in there.”