Davis would welcome Rangers return

Daily Echo: Steven Davis Steven Davis

Former Rangers skipper Steven Davis has revealed he would like to return to Ibrox one day.

The turmoil which surrounded the Govan club a year ago on Thursday after it lapsed into administration, subsequently followed by liquidation, led to an exodus of players.

The Northern Ireland midfielder, 28, moved last summer to Saints who paid Rangers 'newco' £800,000 for him.

Though there is no suggestion the midfielder wants to leave Saints any time in the near future, Davis explained his decision to leave his boyhood heroes while leaving the door open to the possibility of going back at some point in his career.

He said: "We were professional sportsmen and on the day it was announced Rangers were going into administration it was just a series of words to us until we absorbed the ramifications of what had taken place.

"I had just signed a new, five-year contract with the club and it had always been my intention to honour that agreement in full and devote the largest part of my career to the team I considered to be one of the biggest names in world football.

"I loved the club and the fans but I had to take a decision which was best for me, my family and the remainder of my career.

"There was so much uncertainty, so I was delighted Southampton made an offer that was acceptable and the club got money that they needed to keep going.

"It was the toughest decision of my life when I left for another club.

"I gave the team 100% every time I went out on to the park for Rangers.

"If everything goes to the plan I have in my head I'd like to come back and play for the club again before my career ends.

"I know there are different opinions about the players who left after administration but I still follow Rangers and they continue to mean a lot to me."

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12:41pm Tue 12 Feb 13

saintmac says...

A fair enough comment. He is a good
professional and will give 100% to the
Saints.Given the circumstances I can
understand why he would want to end his playing career "at home" if he had the chance. As the article says it will
not be in the near future.Good luck with
your future at Saints, Steve
A fair enough comment. He is a good professional and will give 100% to the Saints.Given the circumstances I can understand why he would want to end his playing career "at home" if he had the chance. As the article says it will not be in the near future.Good luck with your future at Saints, Steve saintmac
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12:46pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Just another reader says...

In my opinion he was man of the match against Man City. Didn't stop running, tackling and tracking back, and threw himself bravely between defender and keeper to nab the second goal. We're finally starting to see the true potential of a lot of our players.
In my opinion he was man of the match against Man City. Didn't stop running, tackling and tracking back, and threw himself bravely between defender and keeper to nab the second goal. We're finally starting to see the true potential of a lot of our players. Just another reader
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12:48pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Block 34 says...

that's a poor comment by Davies. He shouldn't be playing for us whilst wishing he could be elsewhere. Shame, he had a great game against City, but if this is what he really feels maybe he should go back & help them out!!
that's a poor comment by Davies. He shouldn't be playing for us whilst wishing he could be elsewhere. Shame, he had a great game against City, but if this is what he really feels maybe he should go back & help them out!! Block 34
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12:51pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Dubai-saints89 says...

Block 34 wrote:
that's a poor comment by Davies. He shouldn't be playing for us whilst wishing he could be elsewhere. Shame, he had a great game against City, but if this is what he really feels maybe he should go back & help them out!!
they don't want him back! i know a few rangers fans who were fuming with him when he decided to join saints! if he's a rangers fan like he says then he should of stayed? hmmm..
[quote][p][bold]Block 34[/bold] wrote: that's a poor comment by Davies. He shouldn't be playing for us whilst wishing he could be elsewhere. Shame, he had a great game against City, but if this is what he really feels maybe he should go back & help them out!![/p][/quote]they don't want him back! i know a few rangers fans who were fuming with him when he decided to join saints! if he's a rangers fan like he says then he should of stayed? hmmm.. Dubai-saints89
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1:31pm Tue 12 Feb 13

2getheras1 says...

Careful what you say Steve or NC will sell you to Twitchy's Rangers!
Careful what you say Steve or NC will sell you to Twitchy's Rangers! 2getheras1
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1:41pm Tue 12 Feb 13

CB FRY LIVES says...

Steve davis should be concentrating on getting 3 points against queens park rangers.Glasgow rangers are the scottish equivalent of portsmouth.
Steve davis should be concentrating on getting 3 points against queens park rangers.Glasgow rangers are the scottish equivalent of portsmouth. CB FRY LIVES
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1:44pm Tue 12 Feb 13

franiow says...

If you ask any of our players, most will support another side as a fan. Doesn't affect how they play for us in any way. As he said, he had a career and family to think about. He'd obviously rather play in the EPL than in Scottish Div 3, but as a fan he hopes Rangers get back on top. Have no problem with him answering the question honestly...would we believe a player who swore undying love for Saints after a few months? I expect when his career finishes he will keep a lookout for our results.
If you ask any of our players, most will support another side as a fan. Doesn't affect how they play for us in any way. As he said, he had a career and family to think about. He'd obviously rather play in the EPL than in Scottish Div 3, but as a fan he hopes Rangers get back on top. Have no problem with him answering the question honestly...would we believe a player who swore undying love for Saints after a few months? I expect when his career finishes he will keep a lookout for our results. franiow
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1:52pm Tue 12 Feb 13

tomw1234 says...

He has only said that he wants to end his career with Rangers - a club that he loves. But surely if he loved them that much, he would have stayed with them through thick and thin?
He has only said that he wants to end his career with Rangers - a club that he loves. But surely if he loved them that much, he would have stayed with them through thick and thin? tomw1234
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2:16pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Barcelona Saint says...

copy paste DE
copy paste DE Barcelona Saint
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2:50pm Tue 12 Feb 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

He is referring to the latter days of his career not the current situation and you have to consider where Rangers are at the moment, they are going to need experience to get them back where they think they belong.
He is referring to the latter days of his career not the current situation and you have to consider where Rangers are at the moment, they are going to need experience to get them back where they think they belong. OSPREYSAINT
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4:37pm Tue 12 Feb 13

nottinghamsaint 1 says...

good bye
good bye nottinghamsaint 1
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5:05pm Tue 12 Feb 13

warrens 76 says...

Honesty..here, today, in football whatever next...NA certainly left his stamp.
Honesty..here, today, in football whatever next...NA certainly left his stamp. warrens 76
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5:06pm Tue 12 Feb 13

warrens 76 says...

tomw1234 wrote:
He has only said that he wants to end his career with Rangers - a club that he loves. But surely if he loved them that much, he would have stayed with them through thick and thin?
There was not necessarily a club at the time he left..however I understand your drift.
[quote][p][bold]tomw1234[/bold] wrote: He has only said that he wants to end his career with Rangers - a club that he loves. But surely if he loved them that much, he would have stayed with them through thick and thin?[/p][/quote]There was not necessarily a club at the time he left..however I understand your drift. warrens 76
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10:30pm Tue 12 Feb 13

seasideoldgit says...

I had one of them call centre calls the other day. The guy at the call centre chatted footie while I was waiting to be connected elsewhere he was a big Rangers fan but still loved Davis and said he liked Saints anyway but liked us more because of Davis. A player he greatly admired. Come on, players move all the time. Davis is a top midfielder. Lallana who we all love supports Bournemouth who hate us nearly as much as the fishy lot. Do you want him to go too????
I had one of them call centre calls the other day. The guy at the call centre chatted footie while I was waiting to be connected elsewhere he was a big Rangers fan but still loved Davis and said he liked Saints anyway but liked us more because of Davis. A player he greatly admired. Come on, players move all the time. Davis is a top midfielder. Lallana who we all love supports Bournemouth who hate us nearly as much as the fishy lot. Do you want him to go too???? seasideoldgit
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6:43am Wed 13 Feb 13

Dubai-saints89 says...

seasideoldgit wrote:
I had one of them call centre calls the other day. The guy at the call centre chatted footie while I was waiting to be connected elsewhere he was a big Rangers fan but still loved Davis and said he liked Saints anyway but liked us more because of Davis. A player he greatly admired. Come on, players move all the time. Davis is a top midfielder. Lallana who we all love supports Bournemouth who hate us nearly as much as the fishy lot. Do you want him to go too????
http://www.thesun.co
.uk/sol/homepage/spo
rt/football/4562427/
Adam-Lallana-is-out-
to-beat-his-childhoo
d-team-Everton.html

pretty sure lallana is a Everton fan
[quote][p][bold]seasideoldgit[/bold] wrote: I had one of them call centre calls the other day. The guy at the call centre chatted footie while I was waiting to be connected elsewhere he was a big Rangers fan but still loved Davis and said he liked Saints anyway but liked us more because of Davis. A player he greatly admired. Come on, players move all the time. Davis is a top midfielder. Lallana who we all love supports Bournemouth who hate us nearly as much as the fishy lot. Do you want him to go too????[/p][/quote]http://www.thesun.co .uk/sol/homepage/spo rt/football/4562427/ Adam-Lallana-is-out- to-beat-his-childhoo d-team-Everton.html pretty sure lallana is a Everton fan Dubai-saints89
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11:26am Wed 13 Feb 13

Block 34 says...

yeah but there's a difference between having a childhood team & giving an interview in which you say you want to play for someone else!
Serious lack of judegement on 2 counts - the other is that the "someone else" is a tin pot excuse for a football club!
yeah but there's a difference between having a childhood team & giving an interview in which you say you want to play for someone else! Serious lack of judegement on 2 counts - the other is that the "someone else" is a tin pot excuse for a football club! Block 34
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11:35am Wed 13 Feb 13

SO50 Saint says...

He's not exactly saying he wants to play for someone else though at present is he. I personally don't think Davis has said anything wrong in this interview all fair comment and good to see a player being honest for once
He's not exactly saying he wants to play for someone else though at present is he. I personally don't think Davis has said anything wrong in this interview all fair comment and good to see a player being honest for once SO50 Saint
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1:01pm Wed 13 Feb 13

milton road says...

People making mountains out of mole hills here.
Everyone's dream to play for their boyhood team. Not surprised that at some point would like to return to them when the time is right. Finish his career on a high there rather than a low. Don't begrudge him that as long as he gives us good service whilst he is here.
People making mountains out of mole hills here. Everyone's dream to play for their boyhood team. Not surprised that at some point would like to return to them when the time is right. Finish his career on a high there rather than a low. Don't begrudge him that as long as he gives us good service whilst he is here. milton road
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1:41pm Wed 13 Feb 13

J7junctionseven says...

milton road wrote:
People making mountains out of mole hills here.
Everyone's dream to play for their boyhood team. Not surprised that at some point would like to return to them when the time is right. Finish his career on a high there rather than a low. Don't begrudge him that as long as he gives us good service whilst he is here.
That....
[quote][p][bold]milton road[/bold] wrote: People making mountains out of mole hills here. Everyone's dream to play for their boyhood team. Not surprised that at some point would like to return to them when the time is right. Finish his career on a high there rather than a low. Don't begrudge him that as long as he gives us good service whilst he is here.[/p][/quote]That.... J7junctionseven
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