By Kealan Hughes

13th May, 2021 | 7:09am

Richard Foster applauds 'exceptional' Tavernier play for Kent goal v Livingston

Rangers brushed aside Livingston with ease on Wednesday and BBC Sportscene pundit Richard Foster raved about James Tavernier after the match.

The Gers skipper scored a penalty before finding Ryan Kent with a wonderful ball, who then exchanged passes with Alfredo Morelos to score.

It was a great run in behind the defence but Tavernier displayed real quality and vision to pick out Kent, and Foster waxed lyrical about the skill it took to do so.

He told BBC Sportscene, “Unbelievable pass from Tavernier. We’ve seen him do that Tavernier for Defoe a couple of months ago.

“Playing as full-back when you’re stepping in like that you’re looking up and that’s not even a pass that you even think is on but he’s just got the quality to drift that ball in behind.

“He’s maybe got three yards to land that ball in and he’s landed it in there, it’s exceptional play.”

Player of the year?

There are a number of contenders for player of the season but Tavernier must surely be amongst the favourites.

He has missed a few games recently but it has not taken him long to show what Rangers have missed in his absence.

The ball that led to Kent’s goal was sublime and there are few players in the squad capable of such a pass.

Steven Davis is one and he will be amongst the frontrunners, as will Alan McGregor and perhaps Conor Goldson too.

Tavernier’s all-round game means he has had the biggest impact though.

A return of 19 goals and 15 assists in all competitions is sensational for a right-back, while he has also been part of a defence that has conceded just 13 goals in 37 league games.

He has been a leader throughout the campaign too so he would be a worthy winner of the player of the year award.

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