Rangers captain James Tavernier has been recognised for his fine performances during 2021 as he was named in the SofaScore rest of the world team of the year alongside stars such as Dusan Tadic and Ever Banega.

This recognition proves that the defender has had a fantastic year and has delivered when it mattered most, leading the Ibrox side to the title at a canter.

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With an average rating of 7.48 across the whole year for Tavernier, he is the highest-rated right back out with the top five leagues in Europe and this is the sort of recognition the captain deserves.


It is perhaps a surprise that no other member of the club feature in the squad considering just how good a year the side has had.

The 30-year-old has been at the club since the summer of 2015 and has played an important role in Rangers’ ascent back to the top flight before leading the side to the league title last season.

The Englishman is the sole survivor of the Mark Warburton reign and has gone from strength to strength over the years, occasionally dividing opinion amongst the Rangers faithful but his leadership qualities have never been in doubt.

He has been under pressure to perform recently due to the emergence of Nathan Patterson but has stepped up and the young talent has had to make do with appearances off the bench.

Tavernier signed a new deal to keep him at the club until 2024 in April and despite the emergence of Patterson, doesn’t look like he will be going anywhere anytime soon.

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Let’s hope he can lead the club into a new era under Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

Meanwhile, another Rangers defender could be leaving the club on loan as the January transfer window approaches.

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