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Rangers full-back James Tavernier has had arguably his best season since joining the Ibrox giants in 2015 – but the right-back needs to be even better in the final weeks of the season and help the Gers to a Scottish Cup final success and secure second in the Scottish Premiership.

Tavernier has formed a fantastic understanding with Daniel Candeias down the right flank this season and both are likely to be in the running for player of the year honours at the end of the season.

The former Wigan and Newcastle defender has improved this season – both defensively and going forward – but really needs to find another level over the final run of games this season and end the Light Blues seven-year wait for a major trophy.

Gers boss Graeme Murty has handed Tavernier the captain’s armband in recent week as Lee Wallace continues is recovery from injury and, with the Gers having some struggles defensively in their last few games, the 27-year-old needs to take more responsibility for organising the Gers back-line and avoiding losing cheap goals like did in the defeats to Celtic and Kilmarnock.

If Tavernier can show the maturity and responsibility needed to step up and make himself a role-model for his team-mates it could be the catalyst for Scottish Cup success before the end of the campaign.

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