By Nick Ware

12th May, 2021 | 8:22pm

Richard Gordon blown away by James Tavernier in Rangers 3-0 win v Livingston

James Tavernier is Mr Reliable for Rangers and he stepped up once again on Wednesday evening to set them on their way to a 3-0 win at Livingston.

The Gers captain scored the first goal of the game from the penalty spot after Ianis Hagi was fouled by Livi goalkeeper Maksymilian Stryjek.

Steven Gerrard’s side went on to win the game 3-0 with further goals from Ryan Kent and Ianis Hagi in the second half to move within one game of an undefeated Scottish Premiership campaign.

Commentator Richard Gordon waxed lyrical about Tavernier on BBC Sportsound after his goal.

“I didn’t mention he’d missed a couple but my goodness his misses are few and far between,” he said.

“He’s been a remarkable servant to Rangers and that’s goal number 19 of the season, 10 of them from the penalty spot and I suppose in many ways it’s no real surprise that it is the captain who once again leads from the front.”

Back like he never left

Tavernier was out injured for nearly two months between February and March, missing 10 games in the process.

In that time we exited the Europa League at the hands of Slavia Prague after a loss and draw over two legs as we sorely missed his presence.

He returned for a 1-1 draw with St Johnstone on April 21 before scoring against the same opponents four days later in the Scottish Cup.

His goal against Livingston means he now has two goals in his last four games, further extending his brilliant record in front of goal.

A total of 12 goals in the Premiership is beaten by only two players in the whole division (Odsonne Edouard and Kevin Nisbet), a truly outstanding statistic given he is a right back.

A large chunk of them may have come from the penalty spot but that doesn’t take much away from his importance to the cause.

His goals have been vital to our success while he also has nine league assists to his name.

There was a lot of talk about Nathan Patterson potentially superseding him in the right-back position during his absence, but Tavernier has come back in fine fettle to prove he’s still got plenty left in the tank.

In other Rangers news, BBC pundits blast ‘Dangerous’ Rangers fans as police called to incident during Livi clash.