Steven Davis today announced his retirement from football in an emotional message to his fans, and former Rangers bosses Steven Gerrard and Michael Beale have now responded to the announcement.
There were touching scenes at Ibrox today as Rangers paid tribute to a club legend, including a speech from Philippe Clement before Davis was presented with a signed shirt from all the players.
Upon consulting with his family and receiving guidance from medical professionals, Davis made the decision to end his playing career after 23 years of involvement, which included 371 games throughout his two stints at Ibrox.
On January 25, Davis posted a touching message on Instagram in which he explained his decision to retire and expressed gratitude to everyone he has collaborated with throughout his 23 years as a professional athlete.
Two heart emojis were Gerrard’s response to the post, then Beale wrote his own note in which he said, “A wonderful footballer and an even better man.” Kudos to Steven Davis for an amazing career.
A true Rangers legend
While his retirement is likely to feel sad in the immediate aftermath, Davis will be able to look back at his career with plenty of pride after all that he has achieved both at Ibrox and elsewhere.
His place in football history has been reinforced by his 371 appearances with Rangers, where he won four Scottish League crowns, three Scottish Cups, and three Scottish League Cups. He has also earned 140 caps for Northern Ireland, making him the most capped British player in history.
After a protracted healing period that included surgery, his cruciate ligament injury suffered in December 2022 marked his last game for the Rangers and ultimately contributed to his retirement.
Between Beale and Clement’s tenures, Davis even had a taste of managing Rangers for a European match; he said in his message to the fans that this was something he would always be grateful for and would remember forever.
The midfielder will always remain a legend at Ibrox, and Ibrox News joins fans in wishing him the best in his retirement.