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Rangers vs Hamilton: James Tavernier back on track as Rangers chase title

Rangers are back to their best thrashing a helpless Hamilton 5-0 on their own turf on Sunday.

Prior to the meeting things had gotten a little shaky for Steven Gerrard who, despite having a positive first season in Glasgow, has watched his old Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers establish an eight-point lead for Celtic at the top of the domestic table.

However, he certainly won’t be disappointed with his sides most recent performances who’ve provided two 5-0 victories in the space of a week.

Relegation fodder Hamilton proved to be just that. Within the space of eight minutes, the visitors had trebled their early lead. Ryan Jack (16) opened the scoring with a right-footed shot from outside the area before Jermaine Defoe (17) scored his third for the club, positioning himself perfectly to head home from close-range.

Scott Arfield (24) compiled the home side’s misery with another finish from outside the box, and if the result was ever in doubt James Tavernier’s (44) penalty put things out of reach before half-time.

The second-half certainly wasn’t as embarrassing as the first for the hosts, but they were still unable to prevent Gerrard’s men from scoring. Substitute Kyle Lafferty (88) added his own name to the list just before the whistle after replacing Ryan Kent.

James Tavernier gets the nod from us for Sunday’s game as far as star men are concerned. A truly dynamic performance on the right side of defence; he provided attacking support when necessary, adding a goal to his collection, and did well to maintain concentration and reduce the impact of any rare attacking Hamilton movements.

He’s not been the most consistent player at Rangers this term, but when he turns up he transforms the Gers, both from a leadership perspective and a quality perspective. It’s no surprise that most good Rangers performances see Tavernier at the heart of everything.

It was another one of those fantastic days at the weekend for the Englishman.

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