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Profit Players: James Tavernier

Profit Players: James Tavernier

Rangers supporters have been in high spirits in recent times after seeing their side return to the top of the Scottish Premiership table on Sunday.

Steven Gerrard’s men went into their encounter with Hamilton at Ibrox off the back of being knocked out of the Europa League in losing to Rapid Vienna a few days earlier, and thus seeking to bounce back when returning to domestic action on Sunday. And they did just that as a Daniel Candeias strike after just three minutes sealed a narrow 1-0 success for the Gers, a result which moved them back to the summit of the division.

As such, there have been many delighted Rangers fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom have been singing the praises of defender James Tavernier, who continues to prove his worth to the Scottish giants following his move from Wigan Athletic back in 2015.

And with former manager Mark Warburton spending a paltry £200,000 (as per The Scottish Sun) on the 27-year-old, it’s clear that the 56-year-old made an inspired decision to thus pull off something of a masterstroke, with the 27-year-old very much on his way to becoming a Rangers legend.

Ultimately, ex-boss Warburton was seeking to dramatically improve the Gers squad as they sought promotion from the Scottish Championship in the 2015/16 season, doing just that by easing to the title with 25 wins from their 36 matches.

And right back Tavernier played a vital role in that success with ten goals and 18 assists for the Light Blues, numbers which are quite extraordinary for a full back, and while the 2016/17 season wasn’t anything to write home about, he has since delivered the goods once again.

The Englishman netted nine times and laid on nine assists for the Scottish giants in their turbulent campaign under a combination for Pedro Caixinha and Graeme Murty last season, while this term he has continued to produce the goods with six goals and seven assists already under new boss Gerrard in the league – clearly, he will be crucial in what success Rangers have this season.

Remarkably, Tavernier has scored 35 goals and laid on 52 assists in just 173 appearances for the Gers over the last three-and-a-half years, which are numbers forward players would be extremely proud of, let alone a right back.

And with this campaign not even at half-way yet, there are likely to be plenty more goals and assists to come from the 27-year-old – a player who cost Rangers a measly £200,000, and appears to very much be a Gers legend in the making.

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

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