Why Ben Davies DIDN'T consider Rangers summer exit as he vows to run through walls for Michael Beale
Defiant Ben Davies was adamant he was going nowhere over the summer.
And he hopes Michael Beale will be hanging around too as he vowed to do all he can to protect the beleaguered Rangers boss’ job. The former Preston and Liverpool defender was tipped to join the Ibrox exodus over the summer as he was linked with a return south. A late move to Stoke was rumoured as Gers even eyed up a move to replace him with team-mate John Souttar’s brother Harry. But Davies insists he’d no plans to quit the club after 12 turbulent months.
Asked if he’d considered moving back to England, the 28-year-old said: “I don’t think so. I’m not sure what was said about me but as far as I was concerned I was a Rangers player and I wasn’t looking to move. My priority over the summer was getting fit and getting back in the team, which I did up in Perth. The manager said I was an important part of what he was looking to do going forward. So I took that in and made sure I went and got myself fit. He’s played me at the weekend, so…
“The manager has shown a lot of faith in me since he’s been here. It’s time I repaid that and put some good performances in.”
Davies’ first season in Glasgow was plagued by injuries and ended early as he was again struck down with hamstring issues. But he was back in Beale’s starting line-up on Saturday to help relieve some of the pressure dragging down on his boss’ shoulders as Gers recorded a much-needed win over St Johnstone.
The Perth clash was the 18th time Davies has partnered up with Connor Goldson in defence on Premiership duty and so far there’s been no beating them as a duo. But things haven’t gone anywhere nearly as smoothly when he’s been paired with other stoppers.
He was alongside Leon King for the defeat to