By Mike Slater

8th May, 2021 | 6:45am

Chris Sutton picks Rangers ace James Tavernier to win Player of the Year award

Chris Sutton has picked Rangers skipper James Tavernier to win the Scottish Premiership Player of the Year award this season.

The defender has been joined by Steven Davis, Conor Goldson and Allan McGregor in the nominations list, with a clean-sweep for the Bears.

Sutton has been blown away by Tavernier, in particular, insisting he deserves success after years of humiliation since arriving in Glasgow.

Speaking on BT Sport Scottish Football Extra, Sutton was weirdly complimentary of the flying wing-back at Ibrox.

“James Tavernier,” he said.

“He’s had some tough times at Rangers, and I take my hat off to him really. He’s been outstanding, his goals, his assists, his contributions, his courage.

“He’s been through a lot there over the years he’s played in sides that have been humiliated, this season, he deserves this season.

“He’s been a brilliant captain, led from the front, and he deserves the award.”

Award sweep.

After the total domination of the Bears in the Scottish Premiership this season, we expect a clean sweep across every single award ceremony.

Tavernier has been phenomenal this season, and despite being injured for months recently, he still has been involved in 20 league goals; outrageous for a defender.

With two games to go until securing an invincible season, two big performances from one of the four players nominated could swing the tide in their favour.

Should the skipper not have been injured, he would have taken this with ease, but his forced absence could have handed it elsewhere.

One thing we do know, it is coming home to Ibrox.

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