Rangers defender James Tavernier’s transformation from Gers’ scapegoat has been incredible as former Gers star Hugh Burn hailed the Ibrox skipper after a “ridiculous” season so far.
The skipper has led from the front, topping the scoring charts and contributing double figures in assists as well as helping the Light Blues record an incredible 20 league clean sheets so far.
Burns insists that Steven Gerrard deserves credit for “persevering” with Tavernier last season as his form dipped and thinks the Gers boss is getting rewarded for keeping the faith with Tav.
“Tavernier’s numbers are ridiculous. He’s got 17 goals and 11 assists in less than a season. I don’t know if I did that in my entire career!” Burns said [Daily Record]
“Tavernier’s distribution has never been in question but it’s gone to another level. His contribution has been phenomenal.
“The manager deserves a lot of credit for persevering with him when he was going through a sticky patch last season. Steven Gerrard’s faith in him never wavered and he’s been rewarded for that with Tavernier’s performances this season.
“The transformation in his game has been incredible. He was being made a scapegoat for a lot of things that went wrong last season. The fans were right on his back but he’s now showing what he can do.”
Tav will almost certainly start on Wednesday night when the Light Blues take on St. Johnstoe as they look to take another step closer to 55.
There’s no doubt the Rangers skipper deserves all the plaudits coming his way after a stunning season from the former Wigan and Newcastle ace.
A big celebration is being planned for when the title is sealed and there’s said to be a ‘realistic chance’ of the Red Arrows playing a part.