In leading Rangers out in the 5-0 win over Hearts, James Tavernier made it 100 games as captain of the Ibrox club.
The Yorkshireman joined Rangers back in July 2015 when the club was under the management of Mark Warburton and the Englishman remains one of the club’s longest-serving and most important players.
On the day of his 100th appearance as Rangers captain, the club paid tribute to the full-back and so did the fans.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) December 1, 2019
He has been a great example to other players at the Club – never lets mistakes get to him and plays himself back to his best – deservedly the Rangers Captain! 👏🏻🔴⚪🔵
— Rafbob (@Rafbob2) December 1, 2019
Last 2 games Tav has been unreal, back to his best 👍
— Stuart (@Stuart1872Rfc) December 1, 2019
Congratulations skipper 🔴⚪️🔵
— Wilf Marshall (@Wilf1872) December 1, 2019
@James_Tavernier nows ur time to become a legend! Write ur name on the hall of fame and forever be a legend!💙👍🏻🇬🇧
— Mark Johnston (@johnston008) December 1, 2019
— Gareth McCarter (@g2mcc) December 1, 2019
Never hides, always pushing forward! The blue Cafu 💙
— ALD0 (@a22an) December 1, 2019
Superb Skipper, here’s too 100 more 🔴⚪️🔵
— Fenner (@unionjackhat) December 1, 2019
Love you bro
— SMITHY 🇬🇧🏴 (@smithycrs92) December 1, 2019
Keep it going tav. Forever and ever. 🇬🇧 we are good enough.
— Craig Logan (@legendsofibrox) December 1, 2019
Keep it going Tav. Massive week ahead. 3 points on Wednesday and a cup win against them would be class. Would shut the doubters up 👌
— Drew Mair (@gimmi_sum_mair) December 1, 2019
The achievement comes after what was a difficult spell for James Tavernier and amongst his most challenging during the full-back’s time at the club.
The flying wing-back’s ability to get forward and deliver quality crosses has never been in doubt.
But his defensive abilities, concentration and even his bottle were brought into question after a run of mistakes against Young Boys and Hearts earlier in the season.
Not to mention a spate of missed penalties.
It led Steven Gerrard to leap to the defence of his captain [RangersTV], and since supporters eased up the pressure on the former Newcastle United defender he’s begun to get back to his best.
In the last few games, we’ve seen a more composed, concentrated Tavernier with his razor-sharp crossing not blunted any.
The Rangers support, even by their own admission, are not the most forgiving in the world and you’ve got to hand it to Tavernier.
Despite all the moaning, groaning and at times over the top criticism, Tav has dug in, worked hard and cemented his role as captain of this Rangers side.
He’s also come back from his spell of poor form stronger than ever in that right-back berth.
But the acid test remains leading Rangers to silverware this season.