Rangers were left feeling disappointed on Thursday as they battled to draw 1-1 with Danish side Brondby in the Europa League.
The Gers came into the game with only one win in three group stage matches and have now left themselves with work to do in the final two fixtures to qualify for the knockout round.
A Leon Balogun own goal put Brondby ahead in the first half, but an inspired set of substitutions leveled the score after the interval as Ryan Kent and Ianis Hagi came off the bench to combine for the equaliser.
Although the Romanian’s superb finish secured a point for Rangers, perhaps the one player who stole the show for Steven Gerrard’s side on the night was James Tavernier.
The Englishman was superb throughout the match as he caught the eye at right-back at both ends of the pitch against Brondby.
Defensively, he was a solid operator for Gerrard. As per SofaScore, he won an impressive eight out of his 10 duels (80%) whilst also making two tackles and one clearance.
He also avoided being dribbled past and did not complete a single foul, showing that he was strong in his individual battles and did not allow any Brondby players to get the better of him in dribbling situations.
He was also excellent when in possession. As per SofaScore, he had a whopping 103 touches of the ball from defence as he helped to control the game from right-back. The former Newcastle man completed 76% of his passes and created two chances, whilst also completing three of his five attempted dribbles.
The defender also played an important role in the equaliser. He drove forward down the right flank and played an incisive pass to Joe Aribo, who then found Kent to set up Hagi for his strike. This highlights his importance in the build-up play as his pass was the trigger for the entire move to take place.
Therefore, Tavernier was a key component in Rangers’ comeback and excelled throughout the game as he impressed both defensively and offensively. He was able to remain solid in his defending whilst offering quality on the ball, and Gerrard will surely have been delighted with his captain’s display despite the Gers failing to pick up the three points in the end.