Frank McAvennie has hailed the “remarkable” Rangers captain James Tavernier for his goal and assist record this season.

The former Celtic and St Mirren striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, heaped praise on the 29-year-old who was “crucified” by Light Blues fans last season for his defending.

A brace against Hamilton last weekend brought his season totals to 12 goals and nine assists in 20 appearances across all competitions.

Tavernier is joint top scorer in the Scottish Premiership alongside Aberdeen midfielder Lewis Ferguson and has already smashed his 2019/20 goal tally (3).

Former Ibrox star Derek Ferguson told the Blues Brothers Podcast that the former Brighton defender is “a man on a mission” after Sunday’s 8-0 drubbing of Hamilton.

When asked by Football Insider how impressive Tavernier’s stats where so far this campaign, McAvennie said: “It is remarkable.

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“If he keeps scoring like this and teams keep giving Rangers penalties Tavernier is going to win the Golden Boot!

“Listen, it is a situation where the kid is scoring goals from open play as well. It is not just penalties.

“He has been great this season and what a turnaround because last season he was getting crucified by his own fans for his defending.

“Unfortunately, I cannot fault anything about Rangers right now because they have been magnificent.

“The Celtic team have a challenge now. They need to pull their socks up, roll their sleeves up and get going. That is the attitude you have got to have.”

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