Peterborough United manager Steve Evans has outstandingly claimed that Rangers right-back James Tavernier could get into the Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea teams.
Tavernier, 27, has been in brilliant form this season for the Light Blues and is staking a claim to win the player of the year award come the end of the campaign.
The defender has made 36 appearances in all competitions, scored six goals and supplied nine assists.
And self-confessed Celtic supporter Evans has now claimed that Tavernier has the ability to walk straight into the squads of some of the Premier League’s top sides, despite them boasting such talents as Kyle Walker, Antonio Valencia and Davide Zappacosta.
“If Tavernier played at Man City, would he slot in? I think he would,” he said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“Arguably, he’s better than anything Man United or Chelsea have in that position.
“Chelsea play with wing-backs but if you do that, Tavernier would be among the best in the country.”
Football Insider verdict
It is really hard to agree with Evans on this one. Tavernier has been playing very well, but to compare him to international players from some of the Premier League and Champions League sides is baffling. For a Celtic supporter to say this is also odd, especially with the Old Firm just hours away from kicking off at Ibrox on Sunday afternoon. Tavernier will have a job on his hand to keep the Hoops attack at bay. He usually likes to bomb forward on the right but he will not be allowed that luxury as much this weekend so he will have to be a lot more reserved.