By Sam Stone

1st Aug, 2022 | 6:40am

Michael Stewart shares thoughts on James Tavernier free-kick in Rangers 2-1 v Livingston

Pundit Michael Stewart believes Livingston goalkeeper Shamal George was to blame for James Tavernier’s free-kick in Rangers’ 2-1 win on Saturday.

Tavernier’s 74th-minute free-kick was the difference as Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side got their Scottish Premiership campaign off to winning ways.

However, Stewart believes that Tavernier’s free-kick shouldn’t have beaten George in the Livingston net.

Talking BBC Sportscene (30 July, 19m33s) Stewart said: “He’s right behind the wall for starters.

“The keeper doesn’t use his feet either, he’s got to be moving his feet better.

“It’s a good strike – don’t get me wrong – but it’s not right in the corner.”

Should’ve saved it

The strike certainly wasn’t Taverniers finest free-kick with the keeper clearly assuming that he was going to send his strike to the near post.

However, it was a smart decision by the Rangers captain whose strike somewhat caught the keeper off guard.

The victory was big for Rangers to ensure they set the pace in the Scottish Premiership.

The Ibrox faithful will be demanding that van Bronckhorst’s side compete on a domestic front this season.

Rangers’ European run clearly impacted on their domestic campaign as Celtic regained the League title after the Gers prevented a historic ten titles in a row.

The Gers will be hoping to rely less on their talismanic captain this season with Tavernier’s attacking output vital in Rangers’ success in the 2021/22 season.

Antonio Colak will be looking to hit the ground running and take the stress off Rangers’ skipper this season.

Nevertheless, it is a good start to the season for the Gers.

In other Rangers news, Ross Wilson now has names lined up just in case Alfredo Morelos seals his exit this summer