Rangers defender James Tavernier is thriving with added responsibility this season.
His form has really justified Steven Gerrard’s faith in him and now Rangers must do all they can to keep him beyond the January window.
Gerrard arrived this summer and had some decisions to make.
One of these decisions was what to do with Tavernier. Some Rangers fans were open to him being sold but Gerrard had other ideas.
Not only did he keep the former Newcastle United man, but he decided to reward him with the captaincy.
This extra role has brought out the best in Tavernier, who has been one of Rangers’ best players this season.
The 26-year-old is an attack-minded right-back and his forward threat makes him a dangerous player for the Gers.
With three goals and three assists in the Scottish Premiership this season, it is clear why Gerrard rates him so highly.
Gerrard could have easily discarded Tavernier this summer and taken the money to reinvest in the squad.
But he liked what he saw and this was the first indication of his tactical nous.
Now, Rangers must do all they can to prevent him moving in the January transfer window, even if Premier League side Brighton firm up their interest.