Rangers’ latest SPFL game saw them secure a 3-0 victory at Ibrox thanks to goals from Alfredo Morelos, Joe Aribo and an own goal from Ryan Sweeney.
The victory over Dundee FC gave Giovanni van Bronckhorst his third league win in a row since being appointed as Steven Gerrard’s replacement at Rangers, scoring seven goals and conceding just one in the process.
One player that stood out in the match other than the two Rangers goalscorers was right-back and club captain James Tavernier.
With 24 appearances, three goals and 13 assists under his belt across all competitions so far this season, Tavernier showed against Dundee FC why he is so important to Rangers in a defensive and attacking regard.
In the match, Tavernier managed to have a total of 115 touches of the ball, completing 91% of his passes, four key passes, six crosses and two long balls as well as having one shot on target.
From a defensive point of view, Tavernier made three tackles, two interceptions and won five duels, ultimately helping his side keep a clean sheet.
This display ultimately earned the defender an overall match rating of 7.8/10, making him one of Rangers’ highest-rated player on the day according to SofaScore.
Labelled as an “absolutely fantastic” player in the past by Graham Roberts, Tavernier certainly lived up to that praise on this occasion.
Since joining the club back in the 2015 summer transfer window from Wigan Athletic, Tavernier has made a total of 313 appearances for Rangers across all competitions, in which he has managed to score 68 goals and provide 103 assists in the process, which is very impressive for a full-back, highlighting how much of a pivotal figure he has been for them over the years.
In terms of his overall performances in the SPFL this season, WhoScored currently have him listed as Rangers’ highest-rated player with a rating of 7.78/10, showing just how vital he is and has been for the team in recent weeks and months.
Moving forward, if Tavernier can continue playing regularly and delivering performances like the one he produced against Dundee FC, he could push Rangers to the league title once again by keeping the team strong at the back but dangerous going forward at the same time.