Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has hailed James Tavernier’s stunning goal in yesterday’s 2-1 win over St. Johnstone as ‘world class’ and branded his captain the ‘best full-back in Scotland’ as he responded to the ‘noise’ surrounding Nathan Patterson and Tavernier.

Tavernier stepped up to score his 66th goal as a Rangers player with an incredible strike from distance that looped over Saints’ Zander Clark and sealed what could prove to be a massive three points against a stuffy St. Johnstone side.

Gerrard reiterated his belief that Patterson is Scotland’s best right-back but admits he’ll have to be patient while he has the best full-back in the country ahead of him.

“The second goal is just world class,” Gerrard said [Rangers TV].

“There is a lot of noise on the outside about Nathan Patterson and when he is going to play and when he is going to break in – he is a terrific player and is going to get a lot of games of football for us.


“But, we also have to respect the fact that we have got the best full-back in Scotland. Scotland have got the best right-back in Nathan Patterson, but we have got the best full-back in Scotland and I am very lucky.”

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Tavernier could have had a double yesterday had he not allowed Kemar Roofe to take the penalty won by Ryan Kent and the skipper continues to pop up when he’s needed and deliver for the champions.

Patterson is going to be the right-back at Ibrox for a long time to come but he’s just going to have to be a bit patient as, arguably Rangers’ best right-back of the last 25 years or more continues to do what he does for the champions.

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