St. Mirren defender Richard Tait has lauded James Tavernier’s outstanding form for Rangers this season after scoring his 17th goal of the season at the weekend – and admits that he aspires to be like for the Buddies.
Tavernier and Rangers travel to Paisley on Wednesday night in the quarter-finals of the League Cup and Tait is hopeful that Jim Goodwin’s side can be the first to beat the Gers this season.
The St. Mirren star knows the Gers have excellent players all over the pitch – but insists that there’s no reason the Buddies can’t cause an “upset” and end Rangers’ 27-game unbeaten start to the season.
“I think he’s been absolutely outstanding,” Tait said [Not The Old Firm].
“As a full-back, you look at him and that’s what you aspire to be like. He’s a fantastic player but they’ve got many other players in the team who are terrific as well. I’m sure the manager will come up with a game-plan that we’ll work on today and tomorrow and, hopefully, we can put it into practice on Wednesday and inflict their first loss.
“It’s going to be a tough night. I’m pretty sure we’ll need to ride our luck at a certain point in the game but if things go our way then there’s no reason why we can’t go and cause an upset.”
The Paisley side go into the game unbeaten in their last nine fixtures and find themselves in their best run of form for a considerable time.
While they have every right to go into the game hopeful of an upset, Rangers have been almost untouchable in recent weeks and look relentless in their charge for silverware this season.
Tait will likely go up against Tavernier on Wednesday and the former Motherwell star faces a busy night keeping Tav and the Gers forwards quiet if they are to have any shot at reaching the semis.
One of Tait’s team-mates has spoken about how the Buddies are ‘buzzing’ ahead of the League Cup clash with Rangers on Wednesday