Ally McCoist and Kris Boyd celebrate 'Remarkable' Rangers captain James Tavernier

Ally McCoist and Kris Boyd rounded on critics of James Tavernier after Rangers secured an Invincible league campaign on Saturday with a 4-0 win v Aberdeen.

Tavernier, 29, had a major role in setting the Light Blues to victory at Ibrox after his cross ended up in the net via Dons goalkeeper Joe Lewis after just five minutes.

The Gers captain wasn’t awarded the goal but he still has 19 to his name this season, 12 of them in the league.

Speaking on Sky Sports’ post-match coverage of the game former Rangers strikers McCoist and Boyd heaped praise on a player who has had his fair share of critics since his 2015 arrival from Wigan Athletic.

McCoist said: “Tav’s been all the way through it and he’s received criticism and some of his performances this season have been remarkable, the amount of goals he has scored has been incredible.”

“James Tavernier has been battered from pillar to post by a lot of people,” Boyd replied.

“So to respond with the performances he has this season is a credit to him as well.”

McCoist: “Absolutely, without doubt the easiest thing to do is shrink into a ball and disappear but he’s grown into the captaincy and I’m just absolutely thrilled for him.”

Ellie Barbour: “Another colossus has been Connor Goldson.

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There’s no debating it in our eyes now – Tavernier is a Rangers hero.

He’s had a lot of criticism in the past, some of it fair, but it’s mostly unwarranted swipes being taken at him.

It’s not been easy for him to live up to former greats at the club who were afforded the chance to play alongside a higher calibre of players, and in much more successful teams.

Tavernier has had to help us from the ground up, and it’s been a difficult process for all.

But it’s all worth it now after a season that has seen us claim a 55th title and go undefeated across 38 Scottish Premiership games.

Tavernier’s goals and assists have been crucial this season, and he was a big miss when he spent time on the sidelines through injury.

Maybe our Europa League exit to Slavia Prague would have been different with him in the side.

But we’ll take what we’ve got, and he has inscribed his name into Gers folklore forever.

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