James Tavernier praised for captain’s performance in Motherwell rout
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James Tavernier praised for captain’s performance in Motherwell rout

Rangers captain James Tavernier might be amongst the first to get it in the neck when things aren’t going right at Ibrox, but against Motherwell the wing-back showed just how valuable he is to the side.

Criticism comes with the territory of being Ibrox skipper but Tavernier is a relentless and consistent provider and scorer of goals in this Rangers side.

Rangers captain James Tavernier was superb against Motherwell on his 30th birthday. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

As the Gers dropped two points against Aberdeen, it was the Gers skipper’s cross which set up Alfredo Morelos’ header and Tavernier’s penalty which rescued a 2-2 draw.

Against Motherwell – with Rangers once again finding themselves behind in a Scottish Premiership clash this season – it was the captain who hauled the team up and drove them forward to glory.

Leading by example, the Ibrox skipper hit a fantastic, low, driven volley to equalise against the Steelmen and from that moment the tone of the match completely changed.

A wonderfully struck low effort, it summed up the technique, commitment, and athleticism of Tavernier to appear in the 18-yard box and rattle the goal home.

Rangers captain James Tavernier in quality performance v Motherwell

The right-back didn’t stop there either; Tavernier’s arcing cross found the head of Fashion Sakala just before halftime and the Ibrox skipper also rolled the ball to Glen Kamara before he struck from distance.

Had it not been for Kemar Roofe tapping Jack Simpson’s goal bound header to complete the rout and make it 6-1, Tav would’ve added another assist from the corner.

Tavernier showed those qualities which make him such a potent player throughout the match and this game takes him to seven Premiership assists for the campaign – just two off what he achieved last season.

A captain and a leader who took huge responsibility for turning the game on its head, perhaps James deserves a bit more credit for his immense contribution to the side week on week.

To make the day even more special, Tavernier put in this captain’s performance on his birthday as the skipper celebrated turning 30.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard claimed Tavernier “set the standard” for the side and praised the captain’s “pure character” on his “strongest” performance of the season after the game [RangersTV].

Tavernier also spoke to RangersTV after the match and said he couldn’t have asked for a better birthday and a smarting Rangers captain praised his “terrific” Ibrox teammates.

Taking to Twitter after the match, Tavernier praised the performance of the team, congratulated Fashion Sakala on a hattrick and also thanked fans for birthday messages.

On a day where the Ibrox skipper turned the game in our favour, it’ll be extra special given it is his birthday and Tav should be very pleased with another big performance in blue of Rangers.

Whilst James Tavernier impressed on a return to Fir Park, Fashion Sakala has earned the plaudits of fans as he officially announces himself in Scottish football.