Former Celtic star surprisingly praises much-maligned Rangers man after semi-final display
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Former Celtic player praises Rangers skipper Tavernier after strong display

There were strong performances all over the pitch for Rangers on Sunday afternoon, as they dispatched Hearts 3-0 at Hampden.

Alfredo Morelos grabbed a brace, Filip Helander got himself on the scoresheet and Ryan Kent wowed the fans.

James Tavernier, who has been heavily criticised in recent times, also had an excellent game.

Tavernier has faced heavy criticism for defensive lapses and penalty misses. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The opposition didn’t apply any real sustained pressure on the Rangers defence, but when called upon at the back, the skipper looked less shaky than in previous weeks, building on an improved outing against Ross County on Wednesday night.

What’s more, throughout the 90 minutes, he constantly looked to drive the team forward.

In the first half, he forced Hearts ‘keeper Pereira into a smart save at his near post, while he also delivered a dangerous cross or two into the area.

His major contribution then came shortly after the interval.

After catching up with a flick-on on the right side of the area, Tav fizzed a square ball across the six-yard box, picking out Morelos, who confidently tucked away a finish.

It was the second goal which gave the Gers breathing space, although the captain continued to press forward and cause problems.

Former Celtic forward praises Rangers captain Tavernier

The result sets up the mouthwatering prospect of an Old Firm final in early December, and so good was Tavernier’s display, that former Celtic star Tony Watt even praised him on Twitter, referring to him as a ‘striker’s dream.’

Sunday’s assist was the 27-year-old’s tenth of the season to back up his remarkable tally of 20 from last 2018/19 [Transfermarkt].

Therefore, while he’s made some costly errors at the back recently, he’s still contributed to an excellent overall start to the campaign and it looks like his performance levels are on the rise once more.

While you’re here, why not check out our Player Ratings from today’s win.

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