Glasgow Rangers captain James Tavernier has been described as a “class act” by Mark Warburton, the manager who brought him to Ibrox five years ago.
The 28-year-old joined Rangers in the summer of 2015, Warburton snapping him up from English outfit Wigan along with Martyn Waghorn.
Tavernier has since clocked up 256 competitive appearances for the Gers, registering 54 goals and 78 assists, as well as of course getting the armband.
While it’s not been plain sailing for the full-back, with sections of the fanbase having previously criticised him, he’s kicked on this season and is in the form of his life.
In 13 competitive appearances this term, Tavernier has claimed eight goals and four assists, with a ratio of a goal every two games in the league.
“I can’t speak highly enough of James Tavernier,” Warburton told the Scottish Sun. “He is a class act, I’ve said that all along. Form is temporary, class is permanent.
“Tav may have had a number of poor performances in the last year or two. But there’s no doubt about his commitment to Rangers and his desire for the team to do well.
“Tav keeps looking to progress his game. He’s got a passion for Rangers and gives everything to the club. I know he’s immensely proud of being club captain.
“Tav missed a couple of penalties, like every player has, and there have been days when it’s looked like he couldn’t pass water. But players are only human. Even the very best have off days.
“Tav’s never shied away from taking responsibility. I’ll always defend him and believe he can lift a major trophy this season, hopefully the Premiership title.”
For Tavernier to have clocked up 256 competitive appearances and counting for Rangers is testament to his quality and reliability.
Despite criticism from some quarters, Steven Gerrard has regularly stuck up for the £14,000-a-week ace, and hopefully this season he’ll answer his critics in the best possible way – lifting the title.