James Tavernier was impressive at Ibrox on Wednesday night as Rangers comfortably defeated Hibernian 2-0.

The Rangers captain was criticised after the Old Firm and that was fair enough, as he was one of a number of senior players who were well below par at Celtic Park.

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However, he bounced back by helping his side to a clean sheet and emphatic win over Hearts at the weekend before putting in a hugely influential display against the other Edinburgh club.

The likes of Alfredo Morelos and John Lundstram have already received a lot of praise for their showings, but Tav’s contribution deserves to be highlighted too.

One stat doesn’t make for great reading.

The 30-year-old lost possession 23 times across the 90 minutes – that’s more than any other Rangers player by some distance [SofaScore].

However, he made two very obvious and key impacts on the game.

The first came in just the fifth minute, when he outwitted Hibs keeper Matt Macey to score a pressure penalty.

Then, in the second half, he set up the second and final goal of the night to kill the game off, with his perfectly-weighted through ball ensuring Alfredo Morelos didn’t have to break stride before thumping a finish beyond Macey.

There was more to his performance than just the goal and assist, though.

With a whopping 91, Tavernier had many more touches of the ball than any of his teammates, as he constantly probed down the right flank.

He produced a total of four key passes, creating three ‘big chances’ and he completed all three of his attempted dribbles. His overall pass accuracy was still an impressive 81% [SofaScore].

Defensively, he wasn’t perfect, but he made three clearances, two interceptions and a tackle, while he also won his only aerial duel.

His overall SofaScore rating was 9.3/10, a full 1.5 better than the second highest-rated performer Morelos (7.8).

That’s an excellent night at the office for the Rangers skipper, who now has six goals and 12 assists to his name in the Premiership alone this season [Transfermarkt].

Meanwhile, a reported Ibrox transfer target struggled in a hammering on Wednesday night, soon after addressing Rangers’ alleged interest in him.

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