Glasgow Rangers edged past Dundee United at Tannadice to move 15 points clear of Hibernian at the top of the Scottish Premiership.
It wasn’t their best performance, but Steven Gerrard’s side still got the job done, as they extended their unbeaten run to 26 games in all competitions.
James Tavernier gave the Gers the lead with a sublime free-kick, but their celebrations were short-lived as the hosts hit back seven minutes later, before Connor Goldson doubled their advantage just before half-time.
Rangers remain unbeaten in the league, thanks in no small part to Tavernier, who has now contributed to 30 goals so far this season after he scored one and set up another.
Scott Arfield was impressive, Ryan Kent showed flashes of his overall brilliance, but the club captain saved Gerrard from the potential embarrassment of drawing with a team who had won just one out of their past three games.
SofaScore gave the 29-year-old a high grade of 8.4 out of ten for his efforts – he received the highest rating out of all of the players on the pitch – as he won four out of his seven duels overall, took two shots on target, was fouled three times and made one tackle and one interception, which suggests that he contributed defensively as well.
Valued at £4m via Transfermarkt, the ever-reliable right-back looked comfortable on the ball and confident in possession, as he took 112 touches of the ball, second only to Steven Davis, made one key pass and provided 58 out of 67 passes (87%).
Once lauded as a “powerhouse” by the Ibrox boss, in 17 appearances in the Premiership this season, Tavernier has now scored 11 goals and supplied 8 assists, whilst he is averaging 2.2 shots, 2.2 key passes and 1.2 dribbles per game, via WhoScored.
To put this into context, even Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold has failed to find the back of the net so far this season.
Tavernier has already bettered his tally of three goals in the top flight last term, despite making nearly half as many appearances.
Given his resurgence in form, it is surely only a matter of time before clubs south of the border come calling for the free-scoring skipper when the winter transfer market opens in just a few weeks’ time.
AND in other news, Glasgow Rangers must sign one of Steven Gerrard’s former teammates…