James Tavernier: The unbelievable stats behind his Rangers career
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James Tavernier: The unbelievable stats behind his Rangers career

There’s always been something about James Tavernier.

When he first joined, he was rampaging bull of a player and took the Scottish Championship by storm. He just looked a top player on the right, sculpting, rampaging, scoring.

But he wasn’t quite the full package. He’ll be the first to admit he still isn’t.

Then, not quite as developed as he is now, even he couldn’t have foreseen his meteoric rise at Ibrox.

Images like this from the 2015 season are fast becoming vintage Tav. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Three years on from his first goal – a debut free kick in a 6-2 stomping of then league rivals Hibs – Tavernier was once against scoring for Rangers. This time at Ibrox, and this time with the captain’s armband. This time leading by example in the Europa League. He was immense against Rapid Vienna.

His stats this season have been sensational. But then again, they have been every year he’s pulled on the Famous Blue.

James Tavernier’s contribution superb

Already in his career Tavernier has contributed so much to Rangers. In 158 appearance, he has scored an unbelievable 32 goals and laid on 47 assists. This is a right back we’re talking about here.

He’s scored six free kicks, including an unbelievable four in his first season. He’s scored nine penalties for Rangers and has never missed a spot kick.

This season alone, Tav has provided 6 goals and 7 assists. It’s been a truly magnificent contribution and he only seems to be getting better. Getting the captaincy is a responsibility the Yorkshireman is growing into to and relishing.

Tavernier was the coolest man in the house taking the Rapid Vienna spot kick. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Tav leads from the front

Richard Gough, one of the most iconic captains in Rangers history gave Tavernier one of the best compliments and Ibrox leader can receive. The 91AR hero said that Tav was just like him.

“Don’t change the way you play James,” said Gough. “You are a bit like me in that you lead by example,”

“You don’t need to go and grab people by the throat and kiss the badge.”

James Tavernier has relished the captain’s armband. (Photo by Maria Jose Segovia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

His performances this season, particularly at Ibrox, have seen the flying wingback grab the game by the scruff of the neck. He always finds space, he always wants the ball, he always wants to run. He is also most wicked crosser in Scotland. The consistent high standard of them must be a dream for Morelos.

What’s more defensively – the one major side of game that brought criticism – the right back is much improved. He’s not completely all there yet and still has ropey moments and lapses of concentration, but he’s obviously working hard on it. Having Connor Goldson marshalling the backline alongside him has helped.

Tav leads by example on the pitch. He’s leading by example off it too, signing a new deal last month.

James Tavernier is well on his way to becoming a Rangers legend.