Glasgow Rangers have surged to the Scottish Premiership summit following a string of hugely impressive results.
On Sunday afternoon, Steven Gerrard’s side cemented their place at the top of the table as Rangers romped to victory over Aberdeen.
This was just a few weeks after they thrashed Hamilton Academical at Ibrox before the international break.
It’s fair to say that James Tavernier has been an integral part of Gerrard’s side so far this season as he has enjoyed a resurgent run of form at the right time as the Gers seek to regain the title for the first time since the 2010-11 season.
Per WhoScored, the 29-year-old has been given a grade of 8.16 out of ten, which is the highest rating out of the entire first team overall, making him one of the club’s most consistent performers.
In 15 appearances in all competitions, the club captain has scored nine goals and supplied six assists this season so far. In that time, he’s averaging two shots, at least two key passes, and at least one dribble per game, via WhoScored, as well as recording 29 passes on average per game.
It’s no secret he has attracted interest from Premier League clubs south of the border as Brighton, Burnley and West Ham United were all linked with him in the summer.
Whilst speaking with Football Insider, former England striker Kevin Phillips believes it is only a matter of time before Rangers start to receive bids for the right-back in January. He said: “He is on fire and to have scored that many goals and those assists as well is amazing. A lot of right-backs do not get that many assists in a whole season.
“Stevie G has given him the license to get forward and as long as when he bombs forward someone drops in, it will work. It is one hell of a stat.
“It is the sort of stat that Premier League teams will start to take notice of and come January a team that needs a right-back may come in for him. Long may his form continue.”
However, the skipper has surely reminded Ross Wilson of his irreplaceable qualities, having scored eight times from the penalty spot so far this season. These sorts of displays would be incredibly hard to replace even if he is sold for a sizeable sum in the winter transfer window.
Tavernier’s ability to bomb up and down the flank with abandon makes him even more indispensable for Gerrard with the Ibrox boss once describing him as a “powerhouse” after he was named Player of the Month for September.
Whilst the Gers seem to have turned a corner under Gerrard, with 18 wins in 21 games in all competitions prior to their Europa League clash with Benfica, his compatriot has led by example as the team’s leading talisman.
No matter how hard they try, it’ll be hard to replicate his impact at Ibrox, if and when he does eventually leave the club for the final time.
His quality is immeasurable, but will Wilson agree? That remains to be seen in the winter transfer window.
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