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Alex Rae hails Rangers defender James Tavernier for individual performances

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Alex Rae hails Rangers defender James Tavernier for individual performances

Alex Rae has included Rangers captain James Tavernier in his Scottish Premiership Team of the Season so far and he’s been blown away by his individual displays.

The 28-year-old defender has once again been a key figure at Ibrox this campaign, with 45 appearances across all competitions so far for the Gers.

He’s patiently waiting for football action to resume, as the COVID-19 virus means that it’s been suspended in Scotland and most European divisions.

Steven Gerrard’s team sit second in the league table as it stands 13 points adrift of leaders Celtic, but were firmly in the title picture earlier in the campaign and also reached the Europa League round of 16.

 

Rae has claimed that Tavernier is “phenomenal” with his delivery into the box, which looks spot on considering he’s got 15 assists across all competitions this campaign at a ratio of one every three games.

He also included Tavernier’s Rangers teammates Borna Barisic and Alfredo Morelos in his Team of the Season.

“He’s (Tavernier) excellent at bombing forward and has phenomenal delivery which has played a part in so many of Rangers’ goals this season,” Rae told the Scottish Sun.

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TBR’s View:

Tavenier is at times caught out defensively with his back to goal, but on the main is such an important player for Scottish giants Rangers and they would find it very difficult to replace him if he left Ibrox.

The attack-minded right-back offers such a great threat when he bombs forward, while Borna Barisic is providing a similar role from the opposite full-back position.

Rangers have been at their fluent best when they have plenty of quality in wide areas and skipped Tavernier plays a big role in that with his open play and dead-ball crossing.

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