Noel Whelan has been left blown away by the “incredible” quality of James Tavernier after he scored his 50th goal for Rangers on Thursday.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and Aberdeen striker has lauded the right-back for offering a serious threat from both set pieces and open play.
The 28-year-old hit his milestone goal from the penalty spot to open the scoring in the Gers’ 4-0 win over Willem II in their Europa League qualifier.
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Of the right-back’s goals for the Light Blues, 21 of them have come as penalties while a further nine have been free-kicks.
Whelan insists that Tavernier’s prolific nature from dead-ball situations demonstrates his quality and that his talent cannot be underestimated by supporters.
Whelan told Football Insider: “That’s the way the modern right-back goes these days but to hit 50 goals in quite impressive.
“I know he takes penalties, I know he takes free-kicks as well but to have that sort of quality in your locker to put the ball in the back of the net from set-piece situations, that’s quite incredible for a full-back.
“It’s why he’s the captain, why he’s so important to their system and how they play and why Steven Gerrard has got not just a good defender but a good scoring wing-back as well.”
Tavernier has started every single game across all competitions this season and has failed to play the full 90 minutes in just two of his 10 appearances.
He has chipped in with four goals, including in both of the Gers’ European games, and a further four assists so far.
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