Glasgow Rangers welcomed back former captain and Northern Ireland’s midfield star Steven Davis on a six-month loan-deal from Southampton earlier this month, until the end of the 2018-19 season, the club confirmed on their official website.

The deal was completed in time for the veteran midfielder to join up with his new Gers teammates for the training camp in Tenerife.

Davis was advised to keep his options open until the end of the season when his deal expires at Southampton, and he becomes a free agent.

The Ulsterman was a real fans favourite for many years at Ibrox because he is a great player and also a genuine Rangers supporter.

He re-joins the Gers from the Saints, where he played in 226 games.

Davis is a massively experienced and talented midfielder maestro, who will be such an asset to manager Steven Gerrard and his new Rangers revolutionary side.

The playmaker has featured in 107 games so far for Northern Ireland and had the pleasure of captaining them into their first major tournament in 30 years at Euro 2016.

Rangers manager Gerrard was pleased to have Davis back at Ibrox.

“Steven is yet another fantastic addition to our squad, we are delighted to welcome him back to the club,” he told the club’s official website.

“He is vastly experienced at both club and international level and knows the club, the fans and the demands that come with wearing the Rangers jersey very well.

“He has previously captained the club and been captain for his country and Southampton, so we welcome yet another leader into our dressing room.”

Davis began his career with Aston Villa in 2004, and was named, Young Player of the Year, Fans Player of the Year and the Player of the Year for the 2005–06 season – an unbelievable achievement.

Davis was sold to Premier League outfit Fulham for £4 million in the summer of 2007, and made his debut against Arsenal on 12 August 2007. 

He played in 25 successful games for Fulham in that terrific initial six months period, before Walter Smith’s Rangers came in with an offer that the boyhood Light Blues fan just could not refuse. 

Davis became a major part of the Rangers team that lost 2-0 in the May 2008 UEFA Cup Final to Dick Advocaat’s Zenit St Petersburg.

Rangers went on to win the 2007-08 Scottish League Cup and the 2007-08 Scottish Cup as a consolation for losing the European disappointment.

Davis made 211 appearances for the Glasgow gaints, winning three consecutive league titles in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

He also savoured winning two Scottish Cups and three League Cups, during the most successful period of his long career.

Davis scored in the victory over Werder Bremen en-route to the UEFA Cup final and he also netted penalties in the shootouts over Dundee United, St Johnstone and Fiorentina.

He scored 21 goals during that four-year-successful period, including a crucial winner against Celtic in May 2009, and then the opening goal in the 2011 League Cup final.

In his final campaign, following the departure of David Weir, he was made Rangers captain before sadly leaving the club for Southampton in the summer of 2012.

He was made captain of the Saints last November, and also established himself as a favourite among the faithful on the South Coast.

Rangers fans are very thankful to the Southampton manager and board for their cooperation during the friendly completion of this current six-month-loan period back to Ibrox. 

The supporters will be desperate to see the veteran midfielder back in the Light Blues colours when action resumes next weekend.

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