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About time commitment of James Tavernier was recognised

James Tavernier has signed a new deal at the club, and it’s about time his commitment to Rangers was recognised. Since the player joined at Ibrox, he’s shown nothing but determination and loyalty to the club. And he’s delighted to sign on for another four years.

Tavernier told Rangers TV:

“I am delighted to go through the window and still be a Rangers player, and I have obviously been rewarded with a new contract.

So I am absolutely buzzing with that and it is thanks to the club and my representatives for pulling it over the line.

I’ve always seen this as the place for me to play football. Rangers have always been great for me for giving me the foundation to start playing again and to start my career over again, and I will always hold that closely.”

A long serving, consistent option at the club

The flying wingback is not without his doubters, but there can be no doubt about one thing. His commitment to the cause is verging on legendary.

The Blue Cafu has now made over 150 appearances in Light Blue. He’s by and large been Mr. Consistent for the club. Yet he seems to be eternally undervalued by both the press and sections of our support. Not to mention by meagre bids from down south.

James Tavernier scored his 25th goal in 154 appearances for Rangers at the weekend. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

His contribution has been superb. This new deal goes a long way to recognising it.

A key figure in the team

James Tavernier has offered consistency over three years with Rangers during periods when we’ve rarely had it.

Whilst his defending at times is deservedly criticised, there is no doubt he is improving year on year.

At 26, he also still has a way to go. He’s now signed up until he’s 30.

His goals and impact on the field have been important, and there are fewer players on the right who can cross like Tavernier in Britain. He is that good on the flank and fans need to start recognising it.

Nowhere was this more evident than the three he laid on for Alfredo against Kilmarnock.

James Tavernier has been a composed, consistent sight at right back for Rangers this season. (Photo by MB Media/Getty Images)

He’s athletic, boisterous and has been a dependable sight since the rebuilding job of 2015. He’s also becoming a force from the penalty spot.

Since his captaincy we’ve also seen a more composed, concentrated figure on the pitch. It really feels like the best is yet to come from Tavernier and we’ll see it under Gerrard.

Rangers would certainly be weaker without him.

A Yorkshireman who now bleeds blue

James Tavernier has also been through a lot with us Rangers fans. He’s felt that pain with us. And Tavernier is most certainly committed to the cause with us. The right back has been a key figure under four managers.

He could’ve easily jumped ship for relative megabucks down south amidst the mire. But he’s here, with the fans, desperate to deliver success to a club he’s now a huge part of.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – OCTOBER 17 : James Tavernier of Rangers is tackled by Jordan Marshall of Queen of the South during the Scottish Championship match between Glasgow Rangers FC and Queen of the South FC at Ibrox Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Here we have a player who is eternally grateful to the club for a career resurrected by the move up north. A player who Connor Goldson rates as a top, top Premier League right-back.

A player who feels he has unfinished business in Glasgow.

It’s great to see that level of commitment recognised.

The Blue Cafu could go on to become a Rangers’ great.

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