Former Scotland international Alan Rough believes that the return to full fitness of Rangers captain James Tavernier is a big boost for the Ibrox side.

The Gers skipper is expected to return to the starting line-up against Hibernian on Wednesday night, having missed the past four games with injury.

Steven Gerrard’s side have only won two of those four, with Tavernier’s attacking contributions missed greatly.


Rough believes that the return of the 28-year-old could help Gerrard’s team right the ship against Hibs.

“He is a big player for them,” he told PLZ Soccer. “I think it has been proven in the last two or three games in the attacking point of view.

“He gets into positions that hurts other teams, he puts quality balls inside the box and he scores goals.

“Okay, you can have a go at him defensively if you want, but his attacking play and what he does in the forward positions just cancels it for me. I think if he is going up the park as much in the 90 minutes, other people should cover for him.”

How big is Tavernier’s return?

It should be massive for Rangers, certainly. They have struggled a little bit going forward without Tavernier’s influence in the time he’s been out.

In fact, they’ve scored just four times in the four games he’s missed. That’s not a horrible record, but not what you expect from the Glasgow giants.

The right back has got three goals and 12 assists so far this campaign, so his impact on the Gers attack is obvious.

Yes, he does have some defensive liabilities, as Rough says, but his offensive influence probably supersedes that. That’s certainly what Rough believes, anyway.

In other Rangers news, Steven Thompson has delivered his prediction for the team’s clash with Hibernian.


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