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Steve Davis explains why he walked away from Rangers in 2012

In June 2012 Steve David refused to TUPE over his contract to Charles Green’s Tribute Act, at the age of 27 he joined Southampton as a free agent.

Following the sacking of Micky Beale tonight the Irishman is being measured up for a blazer and brogues to take charge at Ibrox.

He follows in the illustrious footprints of Ally McCoist, Kenny McDowall, Stuart McCall, Mark Warburton, Graeme Murty, Pedro Caixinha, Jimmy Nicol, Steven Gerrard, David McCallum, Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Beale.

Since reaching the SPFL Premiership in 2016 eight different men have been in charge with Davis stepping into the Murty role knowing that it could be an extended term in charge alongside Alex Rae, the Brains Behind Paul Ince at Reading.

Back in the summer of 2012 Davis couldn’t wait to bail out despite being club captain as liquidation followed adminstration.

Lee Wallace, Kirk Broadfoot and Lee McCulloch hung around to start life at Brechin and Annan but Davis was out the door alongside Steven Naismith, Kyle Lafferty, Allan McGregor and Steven Whittaker as they cashed in on being free agents.

The Daily Mail reported:

In a statement published in the Daily Record, Davis said: ‘Only those who know me will know how much Rangers mean to me.

‘I signed a new contract last year, giving my best years to the club in the knowledge we’d be challenging for leagues and cups and in Europe year after year. That’s the reason I came to Rangers.

‘My young family love life in Scotland but after all that’s gone on since administration in February there came a point when I needed to make a decision based on what was best for my short career.

‘I am 27 and need to be playing at the highest possible level.’

Davis and goalkeeper Allan McGregor confirmed their intention to leave last night along with midfielder Jamie Ness and forward Kyle Lafferty.

They followed Rhys McCabe, Sone Aluko, Steven Whittaker and Steven Naismith in objecting to the transfer of their contracts. PFA Scotland believe they are all free agents and can transfer to new clubs without compensation.

Davis takes over with even less experience than Murty or Beale, in reality it looks like Alex Rae will be in charge with Davis lending some credibility to the new regime.

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  • by John mcghee
    Posted March 4, 2024 7:14 pm 0Likes

    He walked away because he knew that his old club ranjurs were liquidated 2012 but if he knew the corrupt sfa.spfl were gonnae make up the 5way agreement and let fans know that its still the same club and that C.Green bought the assets he also said he bought oldco history but why buy it if they’re still the same club eh haha only in masonic scotland can this happen and not one person challenged it including my club celtic fc 1888…p.lawwell signs the 5way agreement and then Denys it to the celtic shareholders even our board at paradise are involved aswell so its time celtic fans woke up and get shot of they tories scumbags out of paradise RATS.

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