'Would walk into Celtic’s side' - Ferguson raves about Rangers first-teamer (not Morelos)
Rangers legend Barry Ferguson believes the Gers deserve credit for securing James Tavernier on a new long-term contract – and claimed the 27-year-old would walk into Celtic’s starting XI and make it better.
Tavernier put pen to paper on a new three-and-a-half year deal earlier this week to keep him at Ibrox until 2021 after a string of impressive performances for the Light Blues this season.
The right-back has been one of Rangers’ best performers this season as the Gers look to end their seven-year wait for a major trophy, forming a strong understanding with Portuguese winger Daniel Candeias down the right.
Ferguson also thinks the Gers first-teamer deserves credit for putting in the hours to improve the defensive side of his game in recent months under Graeme Murty.
“A couple of weeks ago I mentioned how disappointed I was to see Danny Wilson leave the club because he was developing into a future Rangers captain. Along with Josh Windass, Wes Foderingham and Tavernier these four have been producing the goods for most of the season,” Ferguson said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“So I must credit Rangers for getting Tavernier tied up on a new deal because, as far as I’m concerned, he’s the best right back in Scotland right now. Put it this way, he’s probably the only Rangers player who would walk into Celtic’s side and make it better overnight.
“You could maybe make arguments for one or two others but Tavernier is the one who stands out. He’s always been impressive going forward but there has been a question mark over him defensively since he arrived at the club.
“He deserves credit for working on that side of his game because there has been obvious improvements over the last few months. He’s clearly been putting the hours in on the training ground with Graeme Murty and Rangers have been reaping the rewards as a result.”
Tavernier has scored six times and chipped in with eight assists so far in his 32 appearances for the Light Blues this season and was named captain in last weekend’s Scottish Cup demolition of League One side Ayr United.
Since arriving from Wigan for £200,000 in 2015, Tavernier has lifted the Scottish Championship and Scottish Challenge Cup with the Gers.
The 27-year-old is enjoying arguably some of the best football of his career – certainly the best in his three-year stint in Glasgow – and will be hoping to help the Light Blues get their hands on the Scottish Cup this season and lift their first major trophy since lifting the Scottish Premiership in 2011.
He is no doubt among the most in form players at Ibrox, along with Alfredo Morelos.
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