Rangers captain James Tavernier came up big for the club when they needed him most with a “world-class” winner in a hard-fought 2-1 victory over St Johnstone.

The Ibrox side travelled to McDiarmid Park to kick off the Scottish Premiership weekend following the international break and were met with a stubborn Saints team.

Rangers huffed and puffed in a first half which appeared to pass both teams by but the game exploded into life in the second period.

Former Rangers winger Michael O’Halloran – who left Ibrox after appearing in the crowd at a Celtic match – fired the Saints into the lead quickly after the restart.

Defender Filip Helander – who would late be stretchered off with a worrying knee problem – was caught out by the pacey forward who twisted and turned the Swede before lashing home.

Rangers would then force themselves back into the match after a period of intense pressure via the penalty spot.

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Ryan Kent was caught in the St Johnstone area and Kemar Roofe dispatched from 12 yards before a skirmish broke out regarding the ball.

Four yellow cards were flashed – including for the goalscorer – as a feisty clash threatened to blow up in referee Willie Collum’s face.

But as the minutes ebbed away, up stepped the Ibrox skipper who would fire a strike described by Steven Gerrard as “world class” in the post-match Sky Sports coverage to win the game.

Tavernier rifled in a wonder strike which sent Rangers to the top of the Scottish Premiership and the goal was worthy of winning any match.

Rangers fans have been saluting their skipper for the strike as James Tavernier took responsibility and guided the team to a very valuable three points against St Johnstone:

 

Rangers are in good hands with Tavernier as the captain and the flying right-back proved his value to the side once again in the win over St Johnstone.

Ibrox gaffer Steven Gerrard was also speaking in the week about the player’s deputy and the Gers board’s reluctance to sell players under their transfer values.

 

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