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James Tavernier in sensational form for Rangers

A goal from Alfredo Morelos was enough to give Glasgow Rangers a well-deserved victory over Hibernian.

On paper at least, it looked like a potential banana skin, but the 54-time Scottish champions hardly put a foot wrong as they maintained their 23-point lead over Celtic.

The Colombian finished off a fine team move to score the only goal of the game at East Road.

Who was YOUR MOTM for Rangers vs Hibernian?

Glen Kamara

Glen Kamara

Ryan Kent

Ryan Kent

Alfredo Morelos

Alfredo Morelos

James Tavernier

James Tavernier

Of course, the result could’ve been very different indeed had Morelos been sent off for an alleged stamp on Ryan Porteous in an otherwise dull first half.

Rangers captain James Tavernier has been an integral part of Gerrard’s side as they seek to end Celtic’s quest for an unprecedented ten in a row.

Since Gerrard’s arrival, Tavernier has transformed his fortunes, proving to be a force to be reckoned with on the right-hand side of the defence, bombing up and down the flanks with bundles of energy.

While he has received many plaudits for his performances in front of goal this season, his defensive contributions must not go under the radar.

During the full 90 minutes, the right-back put in a tremendous defensive shift to deny Hibs any clear-cut chances, as he made two tackles, three clearances and three interceptions, per SofaScore, which is more tackles than his teammate Filip Helander, who picked up an 8/10 rating from Glasgow Live for his display.

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But it’s fair to say that one of his best traits is his willingness to bring the ball out from the back, as evidenced by his sole successful dribble from four attempts, as he tried to set his side on the front foot. For context, he took more touches (112) than any other player in the entire game. Tavernier had close to double the highest haul from a Hibs player and managed 23 more touches than Glen Kamara himself.

He also made more key passes (2) than anyone else besides Joe Aribo, Borna Barisic and Ryan Kent for Rangers as he set up several chances.

This was yet another step towards the title and Tavernier had another big part to play as he delivered the goods once again .

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