By Pranav Shahaney

22nd Oct, 2021 | 9:45pm

Steven Gerrard: Tavernier's delivery from corner was 'perfect'

Steven Gerrard has praised James Tavernier’s corner that saw Leon Balogun open the scoring for Rangers on Thursday night.

The right-back, who is Gers’ corner taker, put in an inch-perfect ball which was headed home by Balogun as they beat Genk 2-0.

The Rangers boss also singled out Tom Culshaw from the coaching staff who is their set-piece coach for his work.

Gerrard told BT Sport, “I thought the delivery [for Balogun’s goal] was perfect. Tom Culshaw will take the credit again like he does for the set pieces.”

Great corner

Tavernier’s been lethal from set pieces since last season and we’re glad to see him carrying out from where he left off.

His eye for a pass is impeccable and more often than not, his corners tend to threaten the opposition goal.

He’s a joy to watch when going forward and due to his impressive performances, Nathan Patterson unfortunately is waiting for a regular run of games in the first team.

Hopefully, Gerrard finds a way to accommodate both into his team even if it means a change in system as both Tavernier and Patterson are versatile players who will buy into whatever the manager says.

Alternatively, he could play Tavernier on the wings rather than as a full-back as he’s better going forward than he is defensively.

It’s a welcome selection dilemma for Gerrard to have and it’s healthy to have two players in the same role pushing each other to get better.

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