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If there is anything you can say about the Glasgow Rangers captain’s career, it has certainly been a wild ride so far.
James Tavernier has experienced the ups and downs that are an integral part of being a professional footballer. It is a dream job for many, and it is easy to understand why, as there are almost endless opportunities, but this does not mean that it does not require a lot of dedication, work and sacrifice.
Is James Tavernier the best right-back in the Scottish Premiership?
Tavernier began his career at the Leeds United academy, where he played primarily as a central midfielder, until he moved to Newcastle United in 2008. He then made just two appearances with the Magpies, having spent most of his time on loan. , before enduring a torrid moment at Wigan Athletic.
The Rangers signed the Bradford-born Wigan winger for an undisclosed fee in 2015. Since then, the 29-year-old has often come under fire from the fan base, but Steven Gerrard has given him a new life since taking over the 54-time Scottish champions.
He was criticized after the games against Hamilton Academical and Hearts last season, although he has gone through something of a redemption arc so far this season, with a tally of 15 goals and 10 assists in your name in total.
Perhaps not surprisingly, his heroics led to his ex Mark Warburton to call it “a class act”.
Valued at £ 4.5 million through Transfer market, in 15 Scottish Premiership appearances this season, Tavernier has scored nine goals and provided six assists so far, while averaging 2 shots, 2.3 key passes and 1.3 dribbles per game, via Who scored.
The right back is just one of two players along with Connor Goldson they have started every game so far this season, which shows that he is clearly one of Gerrard’s favorites.
It has also received the highest Who scored rating from every other Rangers player for his performances, including the ever-reliable Ryan Kent.
Tavernier was heavily linked with Premier League clubs Brighton, Burnley and West Ham in summer. Is it any wonder, really?
Having noted the goal that secured the Gers’ promotion to the Premiership, must now help them regain the title for the first time since the 2010-11 season to fully complete their redemption arc.
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