James Tavernier has added another accolade to his collection after watching Rangers seal their 55th Scottish Premiership title.
It’s been an amazing week for Rangers fans and players. After 10 long years of ups and downs, the Gers won their first League title for a decade. They stopped arch-rivals Celtic from going 10 in a row in doing so, to make it all that sweeter.
Despite not playing since February 18th, Tavernier’s goal involvements this season have been incredible. He’s registered 17 goals and 11 assists in all competitions in 2020/21 and is now getting some huge praise from down under.
The skipper has been recognised as the highest scoring right-back in the 21st century by the Australian football outlet FTBL. His 71 league goals throughout his career put him in an XI with some elite company.
Tavernier lines up alongside Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. There is, also, one familiar face. Rangers boss Steven Gerrard slots into the midfield, with 266 goals to his name.
Both Englishmen have been a revelation at Ibrox since joining. Tavernier made the switch in 2015 and has so far scored 47 goals in blue. His signing from Wigan for £200,000 might go down as one of the best bits of business in the history of the football club.
71 league goals for a right-back is unrivalled. It’s very nice to see him sitting in a team with such elite players. Despite his injury lay-off, it’s been fantastic to see the team go from strength to strength, and still be undefeated in the league and Europe.
The boss will be hoping to have his skipper back soon as Rangers continue to push for more glory. Thursday’s 1-1 draw away to Slavia Prague has set up a tasty second-leg at Ibrox to be contested next. Gerrard’s side are in an excellent position to advance to the quarter-finals of the Europa League for the first time and will fancy their chances.
In other Rangers news, Sir Kenny Dalglish has issued this warning to Celtic.