By Will Dodds

10th Nov, 2020 | 9:12am

Brian Laudrup compares 'relentless' Rangers star on fire in 20/21 to Steven Gerrard as a player

Former Rangers attacker Brian Laudrup believes that James Tavernier has the same “relentless” attitude embodied by Steven Gerrard as a player.

The right-back has been in incredible form so far this season, scoring eight goals and providing six assists in 14 Scottish Premiership matches (via WhoScored).

The 29-year-old was once again on the scoresheet against Hamilton Academical and Laudrup said that his effort reminded him of his boss.

“How would you sum up Steven Gerrard’s mentality as a player? Relentless seems like a good word,” he told the Daily Mail (via Daily Record).

“You want to see relentless? Look at James Tavernier in action this season. He is perpetual motion in games always running, always closing down space, always trying to ask questions of the opposition.

“When the camera pans to him in matches, you can also see Tavernier making demands of his teammates. Keep going. We need more. The same was coming from Gerrard, who didn’t even look happy when Rangers went 3-0 up after 19 minutes.”

Tavernier has been incredible this season and as captain he really does embody the values that Gerrard is trying to transmit to his players.

The former Liverpool and England midfielder admitted recently that some of the players were intimidated by him when he first arrived and he struggled to have the impact he wanted as a result.

He told The High Performance podcast: “Different players probably handled it initially differently. Some people were in a shell, maybe a little intimidated in the early days and weeks.”

However, it is clear that that is no longer the case and this Rangers side are fully bought into his message and the values that are crucial to them improving as a side.

Tavernier is not the only exponent of these leadership qualities on the field, but, as captain, he is certainly leading from the front.

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