By Azeem Siddiqui

2nd Aug, 2022 | 2:10pm

Brain Laudrup urges Rangers to ‘reward’ James Tavernier

Rangers legend Brain Laudrup believes that club captain James Tavernier deserves to lead the team into the Champions League this season.

The veteran right-back has been at the Ibrox Stadium for the last seven years and has been the club captain in the last four.

Laudrup, in a column in the Scottish Daily Mail print edition on August 2 (page 72), suggested that the 30-year-old deserves to be rewarded for his services at the club.

“There would be no better way for James Tavernier to celebrate his imminent new contract than by leading Rangers into the Champions League,” he said.

“He’s hungry for this. That’s unmistakable. Right after last season’s Europa League final, Tavernier was already talking about getting back into continental competition and making more memories.

“He knows how significant a place in the Champions League group stage would be for Rangers as a club both financially and in terms of testing themselves against the very best.

“As captain, the 30-year-old looks ready to embrace the challenge and inspire those around him. Let’s hope we see that against Union Saint-Gilloise this evening.

“Extending Tavernier’s deal until 2026, as I’ve read will happen, is astute business. He deserves to be rewarded for the way he has grown into the captaincy and the incredible numbers he posts in terms of goals and assists.”

Consistent

If you ask the Rangers fans about Tavernier, they will only tell you about his consistency and the way he has maintained his standards throughout his career at the Ibrox Stadium.

The Light Blues captain seems to be the heartbeat of everything that is going on at the club at the moment.

He was an influential part of the team that won the Scottish Premiership under Steven Gerrad in 2020-21 and reached the Europa League final in the following season under Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

In the 2021-22 season, the 30-year-old made 31 Premiership appearances for Rangers, scoring six goals and providing 12 assists.

He averaged 1.8 aerial duels, had a pass completion rate of 80%, and averaged 2.1 tackles, 0.8 interceptions, and 1.6 clearances per game [Whoscored].

Those numbers are very hard to replace which is why the news of Tavernier extending the contract would be music to the ears of Rangers fans and they will be hoping to keep their leader at the club for a very long time.

In other Rangers news, the captain has reacted to his brother’s big Premier League move on Twitter.