Rangers head into the international break sitting top of the Scottish Premiership having dropped points just twice since the season began.
With group stage football secured in the Europa League there is a lot to be positive about so early in the season, especially when you consider that key players Joe Aribo and Kemar Roofe have been missing for the last few weeks.
The squad has been trimmed and improvements have been made so that the drop off to the players on the bench isn’t as big as it has been in the last two seasons but one constant is metronomic consistency of the skipper, James Tavernier.
He has had his dips in form since he joined Rangers, but then again so did Terry Butcher, and Brian Laudrup, and Paul Gascoigne, and Ally McCoist – you get my point – no player is immune from making mistakes or the occasional blip.
Remarkably, he is sitting with eight goals and four assists in his 13 games this season, from right-back – yes, he is back on penalty duties but they still have to be scored – and since he joined five seasons ago, he now has over 130 goal involvements in just over 250 games, if there are any Rangers fans that need any further encouragement as to his worth to Steven Gerrard’s side, they really need their heads looking at, surely a league title is all that stands between him and a place in the Hall of Fame.
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His durability is often overlooked and he has only recently missed games due to an appendix issue at the turn of the year, that there was a drop off in team performance when he was absent isn’t a coincidence – the international breaks act as his respite throughout the season – with a trip to Parkhead on the horizon, here’s hoping he’s at his high flying best when domestic action returns.