On Wednesday afternoon, PFA Scotland announced their nominees for the Player of the Season.
Alfredo Morelos, Ryan Kent, James Forrest and Callum McGregor are all in the running.
Here's our four @PFAScotland Player of the Year 2019 Nominees @CelticFC duo James Forrest & Callum McGregor and @RangersFC @morelos2106 & @ryankent on the steps of @BlythswoodSQ #nominees #PoY #Awards #sunday5thmay #pfas pic.twitter.com/BdIDl0nqgv
— PFA Scotland (@PFAScotland) May 1, 2019
It’s bound to have been a personal disappointment to the skipper, after his best season as a Ger.
However, that meant there was one conspicuous absentee. James Tavernier.
The Rangers skipper has 13 goals and 14 assists in the league this season, which is more than any other player.
He’s a full-back.
Yet, apparently, those numbers, coupled with contributions to 14 clean sheets, wasn’t enough to earn the 27-year-old a place in the final four.
However, there was recognition from a different official body this week.
The SPFL named Tavernier at right-back in their Team of the Week.
He scored twice (including a dramatic late winner) in the Steelmen's 4-3 win over Dundee at Fir Park! #TOTW
— SPFL (@spfl) April 30, 2019
A much smaller accolade, but recognition nonetheless, after his match-winning contribution against the Dons.
Derek McInnes’ side had a concerningly strong record in Glasgow coming into the fixture and it was important to take all three points and second spot in the league table.
Tavernier’s two penalties did just that. Furthermore, his efforts at the back ensured that for the first time this season, Gerrard’s side kept a clean sheet against Aberdeen.
The captain deserves more credit than he gets, but at least this is something.