Former Rangers striker Kenny Miller feels that under-fire captain James Tavernier is back on form following his sides 2-0 win over Livingston on Sunday.
Would James Tavernier be a worthy captain to lift the 55?
Miller was speaking in his role as a BBC Sport pundit on Sportsound and after recent criticism of his old club was effusive in his praise of Tavernier.
Now at Partick Thistle, Miller spoke at the final whistle in his judgement of the Ibrox club’s skipper:
“I think James Tavernier has been back at it. He’s had a hard time the last couple of months but he’s had a really solid game. His defending and deliveries have been great”.
Although he doesn’t go into great detail, Miller makes a valid point about the recent form of Tavernier. He has been through a difficult period in which he made key mistakes leading to Rangers dropping points, confounded by him missing three penalties this season too.
In his last few games against Ross County, Hearts and Porto, Tavernier has looked back to his old self, defensively sound and at his usual creative best with assists against County and Hearts to go with a key role in Rangers opener against Porto. Indeed, during the Gers’ famous Ibrox win over the Portuguese opposition, the Daily Express noted him as ‘defensively sound’.
Despite having a difficult season, Tavernier still has ten assists from right-back and remains one of Rangers’ biggest attacking threats. With Borna Barisic now proving his worth on eight assists, the Ibrox side now has balanced creativity down either flank.
Tavernier has seemingly re-focussed, re-grouped and has, if anything, stepped up a level in recent weeks. Frankly, it would have been easy to hide and concentrate on doing the simple things during each game but he continues to thrive on the additional responsibility required to be a creative influence on Steven Gerrard’s Rangers team.
Miller was right, Tavernier was solid against Livingston at both ends of the park and fans of the Light Blues will now expect him to maintain this level of consistency as he looks to lead his side to title number 55.
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