Rangers legend Richard Gough claims captain James Tavernier would be a regular starter for nearly every team in the English Premier League, apart from Liverpool and Manchester City.
The 30-year-old has been in excellent form once again this season, and Gough believes the right-back has everything in his game to excel at the highest level:
“The only reason he is not playing for England, or at a very top end English Premier League club, is because there is a perception that he is not an absolutely first class defender. But he has improved loads in that respect and there’s no doubt in my mind that he easily could be playing for most clubs in England’s top flight.”
“I look at Gerrard going to Aston Villa and he has Matty Cash, now a Poland international, playing at right-back. He’s a good player, but in my opinion, Tavernier is a better player… As an ex-football player, I just like watching him. He’s got an energy about him. He’s been a marvellous signing.”
“He’s a great runner, he’s quick and he’s got everything and he gets in the box and can finish. Some of his free-kicks, both in terms of delivery and in actual efforts on goal have been incredible over the years and he does it on the big occasion, time and again.”
Gers supporters are delighted that teams south of the border have never really made a move for Tavernier. While there has been some criticism of his defending over the years, as Gough points out, the player’s numbers speak for themselves.
In 199 Scottish Premiership appearances, the fullback has scored 44 goals and contributed an extremely impressive 61 assists. His record in Europe is also very good, with 15 goals and 16 assists in 58 games.
While he may not get the credit he deserves in England, Tavernier is certainly very much appreciated among Bears fans, and they will be hoping the defender stays around for many more years to come.