Ex-Hibs striker Tam McManus has raised questions about Rangers’ decision to pay £3m for Ben Davies.
The Light Blues snapped up the centre-half from Liverpool in the summer but he hasn’t had the impact that some had expected and McManus has not been impressed with his recent displays:
“Davies has been okay. He’s not really been a stand-out for me. Rangers paid a few million for him so when you pay that kind of money, you expect them to come in and be very good – especially domestically. No disrespect but when you look at Livingston and St Johnstone – teams like that – you’re expecting the guy to cruise through those games and he hasn’t, to be honest. I know they’ve got injury problems and Rangers are decimated at the back.”
To be fair to Davies, he has struggled with injury problems following his arrival at Ibrox and we’ve only seen him make regular appearances since the beginning of October.
For that reason, it’s probably a bit too early to be making sweeping judgments about him, but McManus is correct to raise some concerns.
Davies was the senior centre-back after Connor Goldson went off injured against Liverpool, and the Gers went on to concede seven goals. He also played the 90 minutes in the 3-0 defeat to Napoli, which was a flattering scoreline considering the number of chances that the Italian club created.
As McManus points out, things haven’t been much better on the domestic front, with Davies starting the draw against Livingston and the defeat to St Johnstone. The 27-year-old deserves to be given more time to make an impression but he needs to perform at a higher level.