When he scored in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Dundee United, James Tavernier equalled legendary German Jorg Albertz’ Rangers goal record, having scored a staggering 82 times for Rangers.
At Rangers News, we thought we would celebrate that by ranking the captain’s most important goals since his arrival in 2015.
Hibernian 2-6 Rangers, Petrofac Cup, 2015
There’s no better way to start than his actual debut, arriving with Martyn Waghorn, the fans knew little about Tavernier as he started at right back.
Rangers were trying to rebuild and had struggled in that position since the departure of Steven Whittaker and Tavernier was the man to do it.
With the light blues trailing 1-0, Rangers were awarded a free kick in a dangerous area and fans were wondering who was going to hit it.
Tavernier stepped up and expertly powered the ball into the top corner, the rest as they say, is history.
4. Rangers 2-0 Celtic, SPFL Premiership, 2019
Tavernier had been criticised by some of the support after being given the captain’s armband and he had struggled defensively in several Old Firm fixtures against a much more experienced Celtic side.
The right back hadn’t provided much going forward either, with only one assist to his name in the scores of Old Firm games played in, until this day.
In the third minute, Rangers had a free kick (there’s a theme here) in a good area that was expected to be crossed in, Tavernier, however, hit the ball into the danger zone hoping it would distract the Celtic defence who couldn’t get near it and the ball bounced in front of Bain before bouncing over him and into the net.
3. Dundee United 1-2 Rangers, SPFL Premiership, 2020
The best goal on this list.
Tavernier was enjoying his best run at Rangers at this point, an unbeaten Rangers headed into Tannadice for the first league meeting there in 8 years knowing a victory put them further on course for their 55th title.
Dundee United started brightly and took a shock lead before Rangers were given a free kick (another one) about 35 yards out.
The ball was central enough to hit it and a cross was expected, but Tavernier had other ideas.
He whacked the ball over the wall, and it dipped at the right time to be curled into the top corner.
He then assisted Connnor Goldson’s winner and the goal was voted goal of the season by the fans.
2. Rangers 2-2 Dortmund (2nd goal), Europa League, 2022
A truly enthralling night at Ibrox was made by this man, who at this point had proved his doubters considerably wrong.
After putting the side in front, Dortmund managed to peg Rangers back and led 2-1 at half time knowing a third would take the game to extra time.
Ibrox was nervous for the opening periods of that second half before Bassey powered past the Dortmund defender and crossed the ball in for Tavernier to run in from the right-hand side and smash the ball into the back of the net, putting the tie firmly back in Rangers’ control.
It proved to be the decisive goal of that game, but as we know, that wasn’t the only goal that the captain managed this Europa League campaign.
1. Rangers 3-1 RB Leipzig, Europa League, 2022
The most important goal of his career (so far) came only last week.
As Rangers were seeking to overturn a 1-0 defeat in Germany, the team started the game with no recognised strikers, who else was to step up except Tavernier?
Kent caused trouble down the left-hand side and picked out the right back making a trademark run down the right hand side to tap in the opener and send Ibrox wild.
The goal proved to be the catalyst for the strikes of Glen Kamara and John Lundstram as he led Rangers to their first European final in 14 years.
After having his initial critics, Tavernier has proved them all wrong and is now a Rangers legend on the cusp of eternal glory.
Can he lead Rangers to success in Seville?