James Tavernier reacts to Men's Players' Player of the Year award win at Rangers
Rangers captain James Tavernier has posted thanks to his teammates after winning the Men’s Players’ Player of the Year at the club awards last night.
The right-back picked up the top accolade after a season where he has so far registered 15 goals and 16 assists in yet another highly impressive return for a defender.
Those numbers include six goals and two assists in the Europa League, where he has led the team to within touching distance of lifting the trophy and qualifying for the Champions League, with the first-leg of the semi-final against RB Leipzig this week.
Posting on his personal Twitter account, the 30-year-old wrote: “I’d like to thank all of my teammates who voted me the Players’ Player Of The Year.
“It means so much”
Led from the front
With Alfredo Morelos’ injury curtailing his season early it is hard to see who else could have possibly won this award.
The Colombian won the fans’ award for his goalscoring exploits but it is no surprise that the the players themselves opted for their leader.
With the important games coming thick and fast at the business end of the season, Tavernier has been ever-present even as Giovanni van Bronckhorst has grown to rotate the rest of his squad.
And despite faltering team form domestically at some stages this season the right-back has generally maintained a high level.
But his ability to be decisive in the big games is what has really set him apart.
The sight of him wheeling away at Ibrox having converted high-pressure penalties in the knockout rounds of European competition have become familiar.
While some might argue he pads his stats with set pieces, they still have to be put away, and most of the top players in world football are in the same position.
He still has the opportunity to lift more silverware this season, with the final of the Scottish Cup against Hearts upcoming, and a maximum of two opponents between him and the Europa League trophy, although getting his hands on the league title again looks a long shot.