By Daniel Feliciano

19th Apr, 2022 | 5:10pm

James Tavernier 'perfect' for Premier League says Rangers legend Richard Gough

Rangers captain James Tavernier has been tipped to shine in the Premier League by club legend Richard Gough, who says he’s ‘perfect’ for the league.

Tavernier has racked up an amazing 79 goals and 106 assists in 339 appearances [Transfermarkt] for the Glasgow club since joining from Wigan in 2015, and was given the armband by Steven Gerrard.

But after yet another brilliant performance against Braga and Celtic last week, Gough told Daily Record that he is more than good enough for the Premier League and said he could re-join Gerrard at Aston Villa and be first-choice.

“Steven Gerrard made him the captain and he is the type of captain that I like,” he said. “He is not bawling and shouting at everyone but he tries to lead by example.

“And he is some football player. He is a brilliant football player; very good with the ball and has a terrific right foot. His engine is unbelievable. He must be the fittest boy at Ibrox by miles.

“The only reason he is not playing for England, or at a very top end English Premier League club, is because there is a perception that he is not an absolutely first class defender.

“But he has improved loads in that respect and there’s no doubt in my mind that he easily could be playing for most clubs in England’s top flight. Particularly with the way attacking full backs have become so vital to the way the game is played. He would be perfect for it.

“I’m just highlighting why he’s not playing for Liverpool or Man City. But most of the others? No problem.

“I look at Gerrard going to Aston Villa and he has Matty Cash, now a Poland international, playing at right back. He’s a good player, but in my opinion, Tavernier is a better player.”


There’s no disputing just how good Tavernier is anymore. He’s up there with the greats that have represented this club and is one of the best full-backs to ever wear the shirt.

It’s a shame that he doesn’t get the credit he deserves down south, because he could easily be playing international football with no problem.

England do have an incredible array of talent at right-back with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Reece James, Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier to name a few options, but there are Premier League clubs who are crying out for someone of Tavernier’s quality.

He steps up in the biggest of games, and the most crucial of times, and provides inspiring leadership and quality on the pitch every single time.

He’s consistent, brilliant and a credit to the Rangers squad. The fact nobody in the Premier League has taken a chance on him is their loss and our gain, and fingers crossed he retires at Ibrox.

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