Neil McCann compares Arsenal's Kieran Tierney to Rangers defender
Neil McCann has told the Daily Mail that he believes Rangers captain James Tavernier has gone a step further than Arsenal star Kieran Tierney’s spell at Celtic – as the Gers star is not only creating goals, but he is scoring them too.
Tavernier, 29, is in the form of his life. Despite playing on the right side of the defence, Tavernier is showing the kind of form expected from a striker – having a hand in 27 goals during 26 outings. He has scored 16, and created 11.
He leads the charts in the Scottish Premiership for goals and assists – and yes, while he takes penalties, his stats are still enormously impressive with spot-kicks removed. Tierney scored just eight goals in his 170 appearances for Celtic.
He did create 37 assists during that time, laying on an assist less than every five games. McCann says Tavernier is outperforming £80k-a-week (Spotrac) Tierney’s time at Celtic – such form which earned Tierney a £25million (BBC) move to Arsenal.
“Kieran Tierney is a terrific player and he left Celtic for £25million but he wasn’t turning out the figures that Tavernier has. Whatever league you are playing in, to attain those numbers is not easy,” McCann said.
TBR’s view – Rangers need to reject any Tavernier offers in January
January offers for the Rangers skipper are inevitable. You do not score that amount of goals and create that many assists without going unnoticed. Even in Europe, he has two goals and three assists in five Europa League group games.
Bids will be made. But Rangers must reject any offers for whatever price and that is because he is indispensable to Rangers’ pursuit of stopping Celtic’s 10 in a row. Tavernier himself, surely, would want to see it through and finally get some silverware.
He is indispensable to Rangers right now.