By George Overhill

19th Mar, 2023 | 10:10am

Rangers: BBC Sportscene pundits all rave about 'sensational' James Tavernier in Motherwell win

BBC Sportscene pundits Neil McCann and Richard Foster were left in awe of Rangers ace James Tavernier after the win at Motherwell, and so was host Steven Thompson.

The Light Blues skipper curled a quality free kick in for his 98th in a Gers shirt midway through the first half, and then produced an inch-perfect cross for Fashion Sakala early in the second, as Michael Beale’s side came from behind to win 4-2 at Fir Park.

His key role in both the visitors’ first two goals led to a barrage of praise from everyone in the studio as three points were secured despite a sloppy first 45-minutes.

Speaking live on BBC Sportscene on Saturday night (18 March, 7.44pm) Foster said: “You’ve just got to take your hat off to the quality of the free kick, we’ve seen it time and time again for Rangers.”

Thompson added: “His value to Rangers in terms of his goals and assists and stuff, it’s incredible really.”

McCann agreed, saying: “His worth to that club has been sensational.”

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Tavernier isn’t perfect but the sheer amount of his goals and assists are staggering for a defender, even allowing for the fact that he takes set pieces.

And his cross for Sakala to head home in the second half was arguably more impressive than the free kick he curled past Liam Kelly in the first.

The captain gets criticised for his defensive work sometimes, and perhaps rightly so, as well as the fact that he is the figurehead in an era where too many trophies have gone begging.

But he has been a wonderful servant for the club, and it doesn’t really bare thinking about where Rangers would have been during this period had he not been there.

His 13 league goals this season are good enough for joint-fifth in the SPFL, level with teammate Antonio Colak, which is superb output for any player, let alone a right-back.

There’s a long way to go still under Michael Beale, but four goals away from home is never to be sniffed at, and another three points are in the bag despite it likely not making much difference to the title race.

In other Rangers news, the club can bank millions in profit this summer if they sell four players.