If one man has been heavily under fire this season it’s James Tavernier. Bearing the brunt of many fans’ frustrations over Rangers’ form, the captain has taken his fair share of abuse, with a majority of supporters, Ibrox Noise included, advocating more of a role for Nathan Patterson.
However, Tavernier responded to this with another good performance, standing out alone on Wednesday night with what was frankly about the only decent display in a Rangers shirt.
An assist. A penalty. 16 crosses, 8 accurate, 6 long balls, 3 accurate, and a host of others show the impressive attacking stats from the captain which stood head and shoulders above the rest.
However, defensively, as much as we might think he wasn’t, he was very good indeed with a stonking 7 tackles on the night, not to mention 2 interceptions and a clearance.
Attack and defence he was the best on the pitch and he was one of the few who did do the memory of Walter justice. He even managed two decent dribbles, with 6 key passes overall.
In short, it looks like the captain is beginning to respond to the Patterson threat.
He knows there’s a very good deputy hungry to take his place, and who’s good enough to do so.
Tavernier is starting to raise his game.
He just needs the rest of the team to do the same.