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.

 

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.

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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.

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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.

James Tavernier made it 100 games as Rangers captain in the 5-0 win over Hearts. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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.

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