By Daniel Lewis

16th Sep, 2023 | 1:11pm

James Tavernier leaves Sky Sports pundit stunned with 'tremendous' contribution for Rangers

Rangers captain James Tavernier earned praise from Sky Sports pundit James McFadden for his “tremendous” contribution to his side’s opening goal against St Johnstone.

Tavernier put a cross into the box from the right-hand side and Danilo bravely headed past Dimitar Mitov, sustaining a head injury in the process that forced him to be substituted.

McFadden, covering the game as co-commentator for the broadcaster, was impressed by the delivery and subsequent finish to give Rangers a 1-0 lead at McDiarmid Park.

“It’s a tremendous delivery, right on the head of Danilo,” McFadden said [16 September, 12:48].

“He is really brave to go attack it despite pressure from Liam Gordon – Mitov has no chance.

“A great ball in by Tavernier, a fantastic header from Danilo who takes a sore one – but he won’t mind as the ball hits the back of the net.”

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Another goal contribution

Tavernier’s place in the Rangers side has been called into question due to some poor defensive displays both individually and as a team.

One thing that can never be doubted, however, is the right-back’s ability when it comes to getting forward.

Whether it is scoring goals or assisting them, Tavernier is near enough the Gers’ most dangerous attacking weapon.

In this instance, Sam Lammers spotted Tavernier’s overlapping run and the Englishman initially used some strength before lofting the ball into the perfect zone for Danilo to attack.

Tavernier now has five direct goal involvements in eight appearances, ensuring he remains one of the first names on Michael Beale’s team-sheet even if others may disagree.

In other Rangers news, Barry Ferguson has had his say on Tavernier’s position at Ibrox.