Ex-Scotland international Sir Kenny Dalglish has picked out two key Rangers players that can leave manager Steven Gerrard optimistic ahead of next season.
Dalglish identified the senior pair of Jermain Defoe and Steven Davis, who have both been in great form during the closing weeks of the season.
Defoe has just completed the first six months of his 18-month loan spell at Ibrox and has become a real favourite with the Scottish giants.
The 36-year-old has made 20 appearances across all competitions, scoring eight goals and supplying seven assists in return.
Davis, 34, has been back with the Gers since January and made the switch permanent in May.
He is a versatile midfielder that has been a regular in Gerrard’s team and previously won three top-flight titles in Scotland during his first spell with Rangers.
“When you see the performances in recent week of players such as Jermain Defoe and Steve Davis, that has to give Steven optimism for next season,” Dalglish wrote in the Sunday Post.
If Rangers are going to run champions Celtic close for the title next season, then experienced players Defoe and Davis are going to have to be the cornerstone of their team.
English veteran striker Defoe has shown that he can still score goals at a prolific rate and definitely has the ability to spearhead the attack next year.
Meanwhile, Davis has the vital experience of winning a title before and he will be needed to help a fairly inexperienced group when it comes to that.
Rangers ultimately fell short this year due to a handful of inconsistent performances throughout the season, which is why you need your big players to step up when backs are against the wall.