Rangers fans have declared their Man of the Match for yesterday’s League Cup triumph, and it’s a fun twist with a virtual dead tie between match winner James Tavernier, and the excellent Dujon Sterling.
With 1113 votes compared to 1144 votes, neither player could really be separated, and it’s a deserved draw from both as Tavernier’s notably improved performance and of course cup-winning goal was matched by Sterling’s outstanding reading, running, and breaking-up.
It’s been a rapid rise for Sterling, a RB signed as cover for Tavernier, but who has had to sit idly on the bench as the immune captain, for right or wrong, kept his place and never got injured.
As such, with Jose Cifuentes’ recent issues not to mention a bunch of other midfielders’, Philippe Clement was eager to try Sterling in the middle, and we have to say it’s worked brilliantly, better than anyone could have hoped.
Ergo with only John Lundstram actually currently fit, Sterling has absolutely seized his chance in the middle and may just have become very unexpectedly and even more quickly undroppable from that slot.
Sometimes players just need the right club at the right time, and that seems to apply to he and Abdallah Sima for sure. We’re not sure what can be done about Sam Lammers…
As for Tav, that tactical switch helped him a lot – made him do his actual job and not thunder up the right constantly, and Rangers remained closed on his side, while he nipped up on occasion and even nailed the winning goal.
Both players shone at Hampden, and while Ibrox Noise’s award would fractionally go to Sterling, Tav can feel pretty pleased with himself too.
More of that, both of you.