Rangers skipper James Tavernier has been rewarded for his crucial contribution against Dundee United on Saturday with a place in the SPFL Team of the Week.

Rangers were struggling to find a way through an inexperienced but brave United side until a penalty was awarded around the 70-minute mark following a handball from Scott McMann.

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Regular penalty-taker Kemar Roofe is currently out injured so the responsibility fell to Tavernier.

The skipper’s record from the spot in recent times is patchy and there was a lot of pressure on this particular penalty, but he stepped up and dispatched it into the bottom left corner with aplomb.

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Tav now has four goals across all competitions so far this season to go alongside a whopping 13 assists.

The goal would prove to be the winner, with the 30-year-old also contributing to a fifth consecutive domestic clean sheet.

It was another big performance from the captain and it was deemed good enough to earn him a spot in the SPFL Team of the Week.

He was named in a back three and was one of only four Premiership players to make the cut.

The others were Sondre Solholm Johansen of Motherwell, Peter Haring of Hearts and Celtic’s Kyogo Furuhashi, who was named Star Man following his brace in the League Cup final.

Next up for Rangers and Tavernier is a clash with St Mirren on Boxing Day.

It looks a simple assignment on paper with the Buddies winless in seven in the league and decimated by Covid.

However, their draw with Celtic in Paisley on Wednesday night shows that they aren’t feeling sorry for themselves and are prepared to put up a fight.

That didn’t stop a former Rangers player from hilariously roasting the Hoops following their unexpected slip-up in the title race.

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