BBC pundits swoon over James Tavernier in Rangers documentary

BBC pundits Peter Lovenkrands and Steven Thompson have been gushing over Rangers captain James Tavernier in a recent documentary special.

The programme details Gers’ run to the league title and includes pundits picking out the key moments and star performers throughout the season.

Tavernier unsurprisingly gets a big mention after he displayed a new dynamic to his game with 19 goals and 16 assists in all competitions.

Lovenkrands believes Tavernier has proved his class after admitting he never expected the 29-year-old to reach such a high standard.

He told the BBC, “I played with him at Newcastle and I never expected him to hit the heights he’s hit now.

“He’s grown at Rangers, like massively grown, even when he came to the club he was good but he’s just been getting better and better.

“He’s proved he’s an unbelievable striker of the ball.”

Sportscene presenter Thompson was equally impressed with the right-back, adding, “What he [Tavernier] gives going forward and what Barisic gives going forward makes it so difficult for opposition teams to play against.

“The quality of ball that is getting put into the Rangers box on a weekly basis is a joy to watch.

“The delivery from the two of them is really outstanding.”

Captain fantastic

Tavernier has been incredible this year and a major factor in our success, perhaps more so than any other player.

He contributes effectively in so many different areas, from defence to attack to leading the rest of his teammates.

Because of that we feel he should probably have won the player of the year award ahead of Allan McGregor.

However, given this could be the goalkeeper’s final year to win the award, we understand why Tavernier has been overlooked.

Besides, if the defender maintains his current form he will be a shoo-in next season, and since he is still getting better we expect him to continue serving Gers well in the years to come.

Credit must go to Steven Gerrard as he has given the right-back the freedom to roam and get into the opposition’s box, but Tavernier has seized the opportunity and been terrific.

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