Glasgow Rangers romped to a 2-0 win at home to Ross County over the weekend but one player stood out from the rest of the crowd.
Rangers are currently enjoying a 13-game unbeaten streak as a result, stretching all the way back to a 1-0 win away at Aberdeen, meaning Steven Gerrard’s side are early favourites for the Scottish Premiership title.
If recent reports are to be believed, Gerrard is adamant that he wants a new attacking midfielder in the form of Juninho Bacuna as well, but he must hang on to James Tavernier for as long as he can after his masterclass against Ross County.
Rangers have already scored 35 goals in 13 games this season, with the club captain contributing a tally of seven goals and four assists so far, via Transfermarkt.
And Tavernier put in a shift all over the pitch with Gerrard keeping faith in his fellow Englishman despite switching from a 4-3-3 attacking formation against Galatasaray to his preferred 4-2-3-1 at the Ibrox.
Per SofaScore, the Bradford-born defender showed exactly why the Rangers boss cannot afford to lose him, winning 85% of his seven duels whilst scoring the opening goal, supplying two key passes and taking 117 touches of the ball.
Given their performances so far, it is hardly surprising the Gers enjoyed a staggering 72% possession of the ball, with 15 shots in total, but the fact that Tavernier once again got on the scoresheet underlines how their offensive success is heavily influenced by the full-backs bombing down the wings.
If it all goes to plan, Bacuna may very well come in and contribute to the supply chain, but having the likes of Tavernier, Borna Barisic and Calvin Bassey at his disposal is an important part of Gerrard’s style of play.
With West Ham reportedly waiting in the wings, Rangers must keep the 28-year-old at the club if they are to challenge Celtic for the title once again.
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