Rangers captain James Tavernier showed why he is still one of the most important figures at the club with a strong Europa League performance in Denmark.
Although the side drew 1-1 with Brondby, Tavernier arguably stole the show with leading stats in some key areas.
A regular starter in the right-back role, Tavernier can often be seen influencing games at both ends of the pitch. He did so in Rangers’ 6-1 win over Motherwell last weekend and he put in another good shift against the Danish champions on Thursday evening.
According to SofaScore, the Englishman won six out of his eight ground duels and successfully won both his aerial duels, showing how solid he was.
During the 90 minutes, he wasn’t dribbled past once by an opposition player nor did he concede a single foul. This was vital in stopping attacks by Brondby players and as the game progressed, keeping a positive mentality.
Stats from SofaScore also show Tavernier having 103 touches of the ball during the game, allowing the defender to control and dictate the game from the right-back area.
Tavernier was also involved in the equaliser. His initial pass to Aribo put Rangers on their way to drawing level, with Hagi scoring a delightful goal following Kent’s marvelous run.
He may have had his doubters amongst the Rangers support over the past few years, but for me, he’s a top player and leader.
Elsewhere in Europe on Thursday, a Rangers-linked defender was sent off in a five-goal thriller.