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Profit Players: James Tavernier

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Rangers supporters have been in fine voice in recent times after seeing their team pick up a second successive Scottish Premiership victory at the weekend. 

Steven Gerrard’s men went into their encounter with St Mirren at Ibrox off the back of a routine 3-0 success at Livingston last time out, a result which saw them admirably bounce back from their previous defeat at Kilmarnock. And the Gers made it back-to-back league successes on Sunday as a brace from James Tavernier alongside strikes from Jermain Defoe and Ryan Kent sealed an emphatic 4-0 win for the Light Blues, thus keeping them six points adrift of table-toppers Celtic.

As such, there have been many thrilled Rangers fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are likely to be heaping praise on defender Tavernier, as although he missed one penalty at the weekend, he made up for that by slotting home two for Gerrard’s side.

And given the right back was a £200,000 (as per The Scottish Sun) signing from Wigan Athletic back in 2015, yet has since gone on to become a lynchpin at Ibrox, it’s fair to say at the Englishman is making an absolute mockery of that measly price-tag.

Ultimately, the 27-year-old made the move to the Scottish heavyweights three-and-a-half years ago after struggling for game time at the DW Stadium, appearing only 11 times for Wigan in the 2014/15 season as they eventually lost their Championship status.

Yet the right back has since gone on to become a vital cog in the Rangers team in the last few years with attacking endeavour and goals aplenty, with the defender having netted 37 times in only 179 games for the Gers, which combined with his 53 assists has seen him contribute directly on average every 176 minutes.

Clearly, many forward players would be happy with those figures to underline just how influential the 27-year-old has been in the final third – yes, he is the club’s penalty taker and plenty of his goals have come from the spot, but his impressive assist tally suggests a player who seeks to get forward and help out in the final third.

And that certainly hasn’t let up under Gerrard this time round given Tavernier has scored 11 goals and laid on 14 assists in all competitions for the title-chasers – he has even been made captain by the new Rangers manager to underline just how highly thought-of he really is.

In fact, this term represents his best goal-scoring return since the Light Blues made it back to the top-flight back in 2016, and with still 15 league matches to go, as well as further Scottish Cup ties, the 27-year-old is only likely to keep on scoring and creating goals.

And for a measly £200,000, the deal to bring him to Ibrox back in 2015 is proving to be an absolute bargain, with the man himself very much continuing to make a mockery of that price-tag.

Rangers fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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