Steven Gerrard has praised the latest performance of Rangers defender James Tavernier, who he recognises has been under a bit of pressure recently.
The 28-year-old has been enduring a difficult run of individual form, but he helped his team record an impressive 4-0 away win at Ross County on Wednesday night.
The Light Blues stay on the heels of Celtic in the league table and are only behind them on goal difference, with the teams next locking horns against each other on 29 December.
Ryan Jack and Alfredo Morelos scored two goals each in the away fixture at Ross County, as they strolled towards another three points.
Rangers manager Gerrard singled out his captain Tavernier for his contribution in midweek and was delighted to see the support he got from fans.
“Tav superb, pleased for him. Obviously been in the firing line of late, but I thought he was immaculate tonight,” Gerrard said, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.
“I’ve been a player when things are not going your way and your in the firing line. The last thing you need is teammates getting on your back, the manager getting on your back. The supporters here are fantastic, but sometimes I need to plea for a bit of support maybe for an individual.
“That’s what I done and I think they got right behind James tonight and it’s no surprise that he performed really well.”
Tavernier is enduring a rough spell at Ibrox right now, but his latest Rangers display will help his confidence and Gerrard clearly still rates him.
The attack-minded full-back has seen his defensive levels dip of late, while his recent failings from the penalty spot have only magnified the issues.
He remains an ever-present in the Gers XI and doesn’t look like being nudged anywhere, so it will be a relief when he can rediscover his best form and having Gerrard in his corner will massively help.