James Tavernier has got a lot of stick when we’ve been under pressure. He needed a captain’s performance, and today I think he gave one.

As Rangers captain, you expect the stick. When it comes to the players on the park, you’re expected to get them firing. Rangers have high standards which demand concentration and commitment.

I think he gets a lot of undue criticism at times. Particularly when it comes to his defending. But after the press conference the other day, Tavernier stood up and stood out.

As effective as ever going forward, he was solid at the back. He crunched into tackles, he burst a gut to get in front and he revelled in the atmosphere.

James Tavernier put in one hell of a shift today and Gerrard clearly appreciated it. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He was also the first to commend anyone beside him or in front him for a job well done. It was a real captain’s performance.

That’s without any doubt. Whilst others might take well-deserved plaudits, he was a bit of an unsung hero today.

Gerrard’s reaction with him at the end of the game also shows why he’s chosen Tav as his captain.

Strong, physical, athletic and a great influencer. He is just one of many who deserves all the praise their getting after today’s result.

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