Steven Davis starred as Northern Ireland made it an international break to remember with two wins from two Euro 2020 qualifying matches – and Rangers fans are confused as to why he cannot do the same in Light Blue.
The 34-year-old scored a penalty in the 2-0 win over Estonia last week, with Aberdeen winger Niall McGinn also notching for his country. A 2-1 win over Belarus leaves Michael O’Neill’s side at the top of Group C.
That includes sitting ahead of Germany and the Netherlands. Once again, Davis played a key part on Sunday night as Northern Ireland made it two from two – notching an assist for his country’s first.
Despite being just 5ft 7in, Davis rose highest in the Belarus box to flick on a corner, which was finished well by Jonny Evans. Though Belarus equalised, McGinn’s low cross was converted by Josh Magennis in the 86th minute.
But it was another Davis masterclass in the middle of the park, showing Rangers fans just what he can do despite struggling at Ibrox since returning north of the border from Southampton in January.
Rangers fans reacted to Davis’ display on Twitter, with many bewildered at why the ex-Fulham midfielder cannot seem to produce the same level of performances when turning out for Steven Gerrard’s side.
Can this version of Steven Davis please turn up for Rangers at the weekend?
— Andrew Binks (@ABinks27) March 24, 2019
Clear to see that having watchwd both NI games, that Steven Davis likes to sit centrally and dictate the game infront of the back four. He should be starting alongside either Jack of Kamara. Not left or right in a 3, or as a no10. Was excellent for NI in both games
— @AndyStewart✌🍕 (@4ndyStewart) March 25, 2019
Great result for Northern Ireland, thoroughly deserved their late winner 🇬🇧 Steven Davis running the show & Jordan Jones impressive for most of the match, tired towards the end but some great runs & skill ⚽️
— Emma McNee (@EmmaMcNee_92) March 24, 2019
If you've been watching Northern Ireland this week you would be saying Steven Davis is the centre Mid we need 🤔🤔
— skip (@jayzaders) March 24, 2019
Hopefully Steven Davis comes back from international a bit more match fit and confidence with two more games under his belt
— ross blair (@rossblair1809) March 24, 2019
He’s been playing in the wrong position for us. Frustrating. That stat doesn’t surprise me actually. That’s the crux of his game for me. Doesn’t really have showstopping creativity but sees the more simple forward passes quicker than rest of our midfielders.
— TheRangersGuy (@rangers_guy) March 25, 2019