By Jonty Banks

22nd May, 2023 | 7:40am

Kenny Miller wowed by James Tavernier moment in Rangers v Hibernian on BBC Sportscene

BBC Sportscene pundit Kenny Miller has waxed lyrical about Rangers captain James Tavernier’s “wonderful” free-kick against Hibernian in his 400th appearance for the club.

Michael Beale’s side were resounding victors at Easter Road on Sunday (21 May), with goals from Tavernier, Ianis Hagi and Todd Cantwell helping the Gers cruise to victory at a canter.

The defender sent chins wagging with his first-half free-kick, which he whipped into the top corner of the Hibernian net from an extremely wide angle near the left wing.

Speaking live on BBC Sportscene [21 May], Miller heaped praise on the 31-year-old’s strike and the “incredible” achievement of scoring 101 goals from his 400 appearances for the club.

“It takes you right back to his first goal for the club at Easter Road all those years ago,” he said. [17:20]

“It was a little bit wider, a little more difficult and it was a wonderful strike.

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“He has really caught David Marshall out at the near post. I am sure David will feel he could have done a little bit better but up steps the man of the moment.

“Anytime Rangers need someone to step up, it normally is James Tavernier, whether it be with an assist or a wonderful goal.

“These free-kicks are becoming a bit of a trademark for him and an incredible return of goals in his 400th appearance, it couldn’t have gotten much better for him.”

Quality strike

Tavernier has always got a strike of this quality in his locker, and it is an extremely useful tool for Beale to call upon at times.

The Gers captain memorably slammed one into the top bins of Joe Hart’s net in the Old Firm derby earlier this season, and this goal was just as classy.

Although some will blame the goalkeeper for failing to save the strike at his near post, it had so much pace, power and whip, it was always going to be tough to stop.

Tavernier has come under the microscope for some of his performances this season, but this was yet another reminder of what he brings to the side.

His record at Rangers of a goal in every four games is quite an astonishing achievement for any player, let alone a defender.

The right-back continues to set records tumbling, and hopefully, he has many more goals such as this left in him for next season.

In other Rangers news, one pundit ​​has slammed Alfredo Morelos for being “miles off it” this season and urged Everton to avoid signing the striker in the summer transfer window.