Rangers Should Bring Back Steven Davis And Forget Charlie Adam

Scottish Premiership side Rangers could be busy during this transfer window as they try and sustain a title challenge.

BBC Sport are reporting that veteran England striker Jermain Defoe is set to sign on at Ibrox in an 18 month loan deal. Defoe would add much needed fire power to the Gers frontline as it’s a position that Rangers haven’t got much in the way of strength in depth.

It’s also thought that Gers manager Steven Gerrard is also on the lookout for new midfield recruits with two former Rangers stars being linked with a return to Govan.

Scottish newspaper The Daily Record believe that Gerrard could be poised to bring back former club captain Steven Davis.

Davis’ current boss at Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has stated he could allow the midfielder to leave this month:

“The fact is that he has a contract here until the summer so what we want to give him is a chance to make the next step. If it is a possibility then we will help him to do so. I think he has done a lot for this club and we want to find a good solution where we have a win-win situation for both sides.”

Another central midfielder who has been linked with a comeback is Stoke City’s Charlie Adam.

The Scottish international stated this recently regarding a potential move this winter (Via The Scotsman):

“Listen, everybody is going to presume that Rangers is the one for me but I’ve had no contact,”

 “Everybody knows that if it came around it would interest me because it’s a big club, I’ve been there before, I understand what it is to play for a club of that size.”

I believe that Gerrard and his recruitment team at Rangers would be getting a superb talent if they were to re-sign Steven Davis but I’d urge them to get that deal done and not pursue Adam.

Davis was always a consistent performer at Ibrox and lead by example. He might be thirty-four years of age but age doesn’t dampen your spirit or your footballing intelligence. Up until this season Steven has still been producing for Southampton on a regular basis.

Last term he created three goals as his team managed to avoid relegation.

Unfortunately this term has seen the Northern Ireland international being used as a bit part player. He’s only started one league match thus far.

In fairness though, he impressed in that game against Tottenham earlier this month; he created his side’s goal for Charlie Austin and he had a 95% passing success rate. Three of his passes were key passes and no Saints player made more passes than Steven’s sixty-four. He also made two tackles and won them both!

Davis would add drive to the Gers midfield and he knows what it feels like to win wearing a Rangers jersey.

For me, Adam is a different kettle of fish.

Steven works better in deeper positions but he still has an engine capable of getting around the pitch. Charlie isn’t as mobile.

While he too has experience, Charlie Adam hasn’t been as reliable as Davis in recent seasons.

Stoke have been having a mediocre season in The English Championship yet the veteran midfielder has only made three substitute appearances, totalling just fifty-five minutes on the pitch.

The middle-man isn’t a great tackler and according to Whoscored his passing success rate has been averaging in the 60s in recent years.

Adam was inconsistent during his days at Rangers and I’m not sure he’s any better now. He was better in the middle part of his career but his best has been and gone.

Now you could probably say the same about Steven Davis but I think the international star still has more petrol in his tank.

Steven Gerrard likes to see his team playing with spirit, determination and consistency. For me, Davis would fit that criteria and Charlie Adam wouldn’t and it’s as simple as that!

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