A Rangers star has received official recognition after a stunning display that prompted big praise from supporters and Steven Gerrard.

James Tavernier has had a disrupted start to the 2021/22 campaign, with a self-isolation period ruling him out of several fixtures.

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Tavernier is looking to back up his stunning 2021/22 season. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Even before then, he hadn’t managed to recapture the scintillating form he produced last season when he contributed 19 goals and 16 assists.

However, he was back to his best against St Johnstone on Saturday, helping his team come from behind to take all three points at McDiarmid Park.

The skipper consistently drove forward down the right flank as the visitors searched for a route back into the game and after Kemar Roofe had equalised from the spot, he bagged a spectacular long-range winner in the 83rd minute.

It was the 29-year-old’s first goal of the season and an extremely important contribution that took the Champions to the top of the table.

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The Rangers skipper has received official recognition after earning praise from Steven Gerrard. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

His immediate reward was praise from supporters and his manager, with Gerrard labelling the goal ‘world-class’ and his captain the ‘best right-back in Scotland’ [RangersTV].

Now, he’s received some official recognition from the SPFL, via an inclusion in their Team of the Week.

 

Tav was one of five Premiership players to make the XI, with Kevin van Veen of Motherwell, Beni Baningime of Hearts, Cameron Carter-Vickers of Celtic and Hibernian’s Matt Macey the others.

Tavernier also made WhoScored.com‘s Premiership Team of the Week with a rating of 7.53.

He’ll be hoping for another strong display against Lyon at Ibrox in the Europa League on Thursday night and Rangers are leading a big UEFA poll ahead of the clash

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