Ben Davies’ Performance Raises Concerns for Rangers Ahead of New Season

As the new season approaches, Rangers fans find themselves grappling with mixed emotions after witnessing their team suffer an early-season setback against Olympiakos. The Gers had high hopes when they acquired Ben Davies from Liverpool last summer for a substantial fee, but the center-back’s performance thus far has left much to be desired. Battling injuries and absences during his time at Ibrox, Davies has struggled to win the hearts of the supporters, despite displaying glimpses of his talent on the field.

A Tale of Two Sides

When Rangers are in control of the game, Davies’ expansive passing range shines, making him a valuable asset alongside Connor Goldson. However, doubts arise when the team faces stronger opponents who employ heightened physicality. The question of whether Davies can cope with the increased pressure from both the Ibrox faithful and rival sides lingers in the minds of fans. A notorious example was his costly mistake at Celtic Park last season, where he lost out in a physical battle with an opposing attacker, leading to a goal against his team. This timidity in his play has not endeared him to the Glasgow supporters.

A Trademark of Insecurity

Another concern plaguing Davies is his recurrent shanked clearances, signaling a lack of confidence and concentration on the field. Such errors have become something of a trademark for him, and Rangers fans were disheartened to witness it once more during the team’s 3-1 friendly defeat to Olympiakos. While pre-season matches are primarily about building fitness and team cohesion, they offered a glimpse of the same issues that haunted the club in the previous season.

A Fragile Left-Side Defense

The defensive left-hand side comprising Borna Barisic and Ben Davies seems vulnerable and mentally fragile. This partnership fails to instill confidence in the supporters for the upcoming season. However, the club appears to be exploring potential solutions, with rumored interest in left-sided center-back options such as Arsenal’s Auston Trusty and Nottingham Forest’s Jonathan Panzo. Despite earlier speculations suggesting that Davies might leave Ibrox this summer, the transfer talk around him has surprisingly quietened, hinting at his potential role in the team for the upcoming campaign.

As Rangers brace themselves for the new season, the focus remains on Ben Davies and his ability to rise to the challenge. While his passing skills are evident in games where Rangers dominate, questions persist about his capacity to handle physical opponents and pressure from fans and rivals alike. With a left-sided defensive option still in question, the supporters may have to accept Davies as part of the team and hope that he can overcome his shaky form before the season begins. The road ahead may be uncertain, but as the Ibrox faithful know, anything can happen in football, and the hope for improvement remains steadfast.