Former Rangers defender Richard Foster believes that James Tavernier has been “exceptional” for the Gers so far this season.

The right-back added his ninth league of the season from the spot against Aberdeen on Sunday as Steven Gerrard’s side ran out 4-0 winners.

Tavernier is the side’s top scorer in all competitions this season and Foster said that his statistics would be impressive for a winger.

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“The only question about his game is his defensive work but when you can offer so much in attack, it is almost unfair to criticise him,” he told Sportscene.

“This season he has been exceptional, 15 games, nine goals and six assists from a right-back. If you were looking at a right winger you would be delighted with those stats. It just shows you what an asset he is to Rangers and I think he is probably having his best season at Rangers.”

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As club captain, Tavernier has led by example for Rangers all season and must be given plenty of credit for the role he has played in leading his side to the top of the table.

Not only can he take an outstanding set piece, but his constant overlapping runs are a nightmare for defences and helped the Gers push back their opposition with wave after wave of attack.

While Gerrard has opted to rotate in other areas of the squad, it is a testament to the fitness and importance of Tavernier that he has started every match so far this season and always plays the full 90 minutes.

Aged 29, he is in the prime of his career and is part of a core at Rangers that has grown under Gerrard over the past few seasons. With his team now 11 points clear at the top he will not be getting carried away or thinking too far ahead, but Celtic will not stand much of a chance of catching Rangers if Tavernier keeps playing as he is.

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