The most interesting aspect about this season’s POTY awards isn’t so much the fact they were split three ways between McGregor, Davis and Tavernier, but that Tavernier in fact won the club’s own POTY award, as well as PFA award.
Now, in fact McGregor won fans’ POTY for the club, but Tavernier won Rangers Players’ Player of the Year, and this is all very telling indeed.
It tells us that among the professionals at Ibrox, and the professionals in the Scottish game at large, Tavernier is the best-rated player this season in Scotland.
If there’s one opinion we trust more than most, it’s that of those who play the game at the highest levels.
Us fans have our views, and they’re valuable and respected – but we don’t know the game inside like the pros do, and for them to unanimously agree on Tavernier as POTY both in the club and in the game as a whole is a telling endorsement of how valuable he really is.
Indeed, even Rangers’ official site described Tavernier’s award as the most coveted of them all, and it’s a correct assumption.
Players get popularity votes from the fans, but the approval they really want is their own peers, and for Tavernier to be voted both by his opponents and by his team mates is a truly outstanding achievement and the best indicator of his importance.
Yes, his second half of the season wasn’t as magical as the first, but that first 5 months or so was quite simply up there as the best first half of a season of any top flight player in the history of Scottish football. It was up there with McGregor’s second half, which was without any doubt the best goalkeeping half season we’ve ever seen from a Rangers player, and both of them are remarkable professionals.
But when it boils down to it, the real honour for any pro is being awarded by those he plies his trade with – and Tavernier’s award from his opponents and his team mates is as ringing an endorsement as it gets.