Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has lauded James Tavernier, claiming pundits and Gers supporters underappreciate the full-back, as quoted by Rangers.co.uk.
Tavernier has served as skipper throughout Gerrard’s time at the club but was brought in several seasons earlier by Mark Warburton.
He’s played almost every game for the past five years and as a result, he’s approaching a significant milestone.
Against Dundee United on Saturday, he will make his 250th Gers appearance and Gerrard thinks that he’s due more praise.
“I think Tav is someone who, when he goes through the gears, is unstoppable, and we have seen that, or flashes of that so far this season,” said Gerrard, as quoted by Rangers.co.uk. “I think he is really close to being at his best.”
“Tav is a huge player. He doesn’t get the credit he deserves I don’t think from our own supporters or the credit he deserves from outside.
“I think he needs to go and win something as a captain and a leader to really get the credit he deserves, but to see him on a daily basis, I am certainly someone who really appreciates him for us.”
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Gerrard took a shine to Tavernier soon after his arrival at Ibrox and he has remained his undisputed first-choice right-back for the past two years.
There’s no denying that he has a mistake in him and he did go through a poor patch last season during which errors against Young Boys and Hearts cost his team points in both the Europa League and the Premiership.
However, he offers so many positives to Rangers and is integral to the way the current team plays.
As Andy Halliday recently pointed out, Tavernier never hides [Open Goal], always making himself available for the big games and the big moments.
So far this season, he’s contributed to six consecutive clean sheets in the league whilst also scoring a goal and registering three assists.
That’s a superb return in anyone’s books and he’ll be looking to kick on after the international break as the Gers ramp up their pursuit of major silverware.