Steven Gerrard has said that Glasgow Rangers captain James Tavernier needs to win a trophy to get the credit he deserves, whilst he has also questioned the Gers fans’ attitude towards the 28-year-old.
Tavernier has been with the Gers for five years since joining from Wigan Athletic, and has been a fantastic servant for the club. In 249 games, he has 47 goals and 77 assists – two fantastic tallies when you consider he is a right-back. However, he has often come under plenty of criticism from the supporters despite this.
Speaking ahead of the Ibrox outfit’s match against Dundee United this weekend, Gerrard told Rangers TV (via The Herald):
“He is always available, he is very robust, and I think that goes to show that he is doing something right. To be available for every training session, every game, and to churn out the numbers from a physical point of view goes to show what type of player he is.
“I think Tav is someone that, when he goes through the gears, he is unstoppable. I think we have seen flashes of that so far this season and he is really close to being at his best.
“It is great for me to have him because I always know he is there for me. I don’t think he is your typical leader in terms of voice, but to have someone like Connor or Greegs behind him, I think they really compliment his leadership style.
“Tav is a huge player. He doesn’t get the credit he deserves, I don’t think, from our own supporters. I don’t think he gets the credit he deserves from outside.
“I think he needs to go and win something as a captain, as a leader, to really get the credit that he deserves. But to see him on a daily basis, I am certainly someone that really appreciates him for us.”
It really is bizarre how £4.5m-valued Tavernier – as per Transfermarkt – does not receive more credit. Yes, his defensive ability could perhaps be improved upon, and has been rightly questioned, but he has still been a reliable player for the 54-time Scottish champions – there is a reason he is the skipper, after all.
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He has made a promising start to the season – he has one goal and three assists in six games, and the Gers have not yet conceded a single goal in the Premiership. If he does manage to get his hands on a trophy this campaign, he will hopefully get the praise he deserves.
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