Rangers captain James Tavernier has been nominated for the Scottish Football Writers’ Association (SFWA) Player of the Year award.
The fullback is on a shortlist of four nominees, along with Celtic pair Callum McGregor and Cameron Carter-Vickers, as well as Hearts goalkeeper Craig Gordon.
After an excellent season, which has seen Tavernier score 15 goals and provide 16 assists in all competitions, supporters on Twitter feel the defender is more than deserving of the accolade:
Tav and it’s not even close!
— John (@neeson_1) April 30, 2022
Tav, by a mile. Different class.
— Rick Roberts (@RickyBobby1872) April 30, 2022
— J M (@JMorgan_86) April 30, 2022
The stats don’t lie. 15 goals and 16 assists. He’s a right back btw. James Tavernier
— Andy Monty (@Andy1986rfc) April 30, 2022
Only one man pic.twitter.com/BKhPRDY4t7
— . (@LundstramLoyall) April 30, 2022
Has to be tav
— Alan Albert (@alanalberth105) April 30, 2022
❤️🤍💙 our fantastic captain
— APur1 (@PAilee111) April 30, 2022
Captain Tav it’s got to be 👍
— Iain mcalpine (@Iainmcalpine2) April 30, 2022
Tavernier was surprisingly omitted from the PFA Scotland Player of the Year nominations earlier this week, much to the consternation of fans.
The 30-year-old does have his detractors, with some feeling that he does still struggle defensively, but you can’t argue with the numbers. 31 goal contributions is a phenomenal return from a right-back.
On top of Tavernier’s performances, he continues to be an excellent leader, having marshalled his team into the semi-finals of the Europa League. He, undoubtedly, has a very strong case for winning the award.