Michael Stewart wowed by 'incredible' James Tavernier stat as Rangers win v Ross County
Michael Stewart is blown away by the number of penalties James Tavernier has scored for Rangers as he bagged yet another one against Ross County on Wednesday night (11 May).
It was essentially a dead-rubber tie for the Light Blues in their final game at Ibrox this season but it was still a convincing win for Giovanni van Bronckhorst and his men.
Tavernier, 30, scored his 18th goal of the season from the spot in the 29th minute after he was brought down in the box.
BBC Sportscene host Steven Thompson told Stewart on-air that it was the 42nd penalty he’d scored for the Gers.
Stewart then raved about the right-back’s ability to score from the spot.
“There’s no question about this being a penalty kick and Tavernier steps up to put it away,” Stewart said on BBC Scotland’s Sportscene on Wednesday night (11 May), as shown on BBC iPlayer.
Thompson then said to Stewart: “It’s his 42nd penalty converted for Rangers. That is incredible.”
Stewart agreed. He said: “It is pretty incredible, yes, it is.
“He made no mistake with the penalty to put it away in the corner of the net.”
You can say what you want about the number of penalties that Rangers win but almost all of them have been absolute stonewallers.
Tavernier doesn’t just score from the spot though with the Ibrox captain also chipping in with an incredible number of goals from open play.
He’s also been superb at supplying assists from set-pieces and, again, from open play.
This season, Tavernier has scored 18 goals and assisted 17 in 56 appearances across all competitions.
He’s unbelievably the top goalscorer in the Europa League despite not scoring once in the group stage and he’s been absolutely vital towards the Gers being in the final, which takes place against Frankfurt in less than a week’s time.
We’re relying on the likes of Tavernier to be able to take us all the way and win in Seville.
Not only is he the club captain, but he’s also a goalscoring phenomenon and our creator in chief.
Rangers rely on him so much despite his rather well-documented flaws.
At the end of the day, Tav will go down as an Ibrox legend for all he’s done at this great football club.