By Frank McAvennie

2nd Oct, 2020 | 8:00am

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Frank McAvennie heaped praise on James Tavernier after the Rangers captain reached the “incredible” landmark of 50 goals for the club.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Celtic and St Mirren striker claimed that the 28-year-old has “matured” since taking the armband and has clearly been working with Steven Gerrard on the training ground to improve his defending.

Tavernier celebrated his 50th goal for the Gers by adding his 51st and 52nd against Motherwell in a 5-1 victory at Fir Park on Sunday.

He continued his amazing streak with the headed second in last night’s impressive 2-0 Europa League triumph against Galatasaray.

The English right-back has been an integral part of a Teddy Bears defence that boasts the best record in the Scottish Premiership so far this season.

McAvennie suggested that Tavernier has now learned when to attack and when to defend.

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“It is a great achievement to score 50 goals,” he told Football Insider. “It is incredible. Even though he takes penalties, it is still incredible.

“A player that has learnt a lot since taking on the captain’s role. He has learnt from it and matured.

“He is not bombing forward so much anymore and I was a bit critical of him at first because he was one of those who bombed forward and forgot that he was a defender first and foremost.

“Now he goes forward when the time is right, he is more measured. I think he is becoming a better defender because of it.

“Rangers defensive record this season just goes to show it. Steven Gerrard has clearly been working with that back four and Tav will be included in that.”

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