Mark Warburton has called Glasgow Rangers captain James Tavernier a “class act”.
Warburton praises former signing Tavernier
Warburton was actually the man who took the 28-year-old to Ibrox, bringing him in from Wigan Athletic. He has been a stalwart for Rangers ever since, despite occasional criticism from some supporters. All in all, he has 54 goals and 78 assists in 256 matches for the ‘Gers – very impressive numbers for a right-back.
The current QPR manager is clearly still a big fan of the defender, as he told The Scottish Sun:
“I can’t speak highly enough of James Tavernier. He is a class act, I’ve said that all along. Form is temporary, class is permanent.
“Tav may have had a number of poor performances in the last year or two. But there’s no doubt about his commitment to Rangers and his desire for the team to do well.
“Tav keeps looking to progress his game. He’s got a passion for Rangers and gives everything to the club.
“I know he’s immensely proud of being club captain.
“Tav missed a couple of penalties, like every player has, and there have been days when it’s looked like he couldn’t pass water.
“But players are only human. Even the very best have off days.
“Tav’s never shied away from taking responsibility.
“I’ll always defend him and believe he can lift a major trophy this season, hopefully the Premiership title.”
Tavernier is massively important
Whilst Warburton may not be most popular figure among some Rangers fans, he deserves praise for the signing of Tavernier. For the last five years, the 28-year-old has been one of the few consistent faces at Ibrox, and his role as captain shows how highly he is regarded at the club.
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There was reportedly interest from West Ham during the summer transfer window, which illustrates he is highly-regarded in the Premier League, as well. Fortunately for Steven Gerrard and his squad, Tavernier is still at Ibrox; and with eight strikes and four assists in 13 games already this season, he looks in peak form.
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