By Calum Brown

25th Apr, 2022 | 12:45pm

Rangers' James Tavernier claims Players' Player of the Year at club's awards night

Rangers captain James Tavernier was awarded Players’ Player of the Year at last night’s awards ceremony.

The defender has been in scintillating form again this season, netting 15 goals in all competitions.

As well as scoring goals, the 30-year-old has also contributed massively in setting them up with 16 assists this term.

Speaking to Rangers TV after collecting his award, Tavernier commented: “It’s extra special to come from your own players, the guys that you see and who you are working with day in and day out, so to get this award from them means so much to myself.

“I’m always trying to improve myself day in, day out and that’s what the boys push me to do. They try to make me a better player, a better captain and I thrive off that and learn off that.

“This is what you want to be playing in at this point in the season so we want to make it memorable with the [Europa League] Semi-Finals, try and get to the final.

“We have a Scottish Cup Final at the end of the season too and in the league, we will push right til the end and try to win every game possible.”

Huge influence

It’s difficult to argue with the Rangers players’ selection when you look at the contribution of Tavernier across this season.

Despite the Gers captain and his teammates coming under criticism for falling behind Celtic in the title race, Tavernier has shown his leadership and ability in key moments throughout the campaign.

His calmness from the penalty spot is crucial, but he’s not just reliable from 12 yards as he’s shown on multiple occasions both domestically and on the European stage.

It’s the defender’s European form which has perhaps been the most impressive, with Tavernier contributing to 8 goals in 11 matches in the Europa League, including a vital brace at home to Borussia Dortmund.

The season isn’t over for Rangers yet as the Players’ Player of the Year winner could still add more accolades to his name with Giovanni Van Bronckhorst’s side featuring in the Europa League Semi Final and Scottish Cup Final in the coming month.

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