Gerrard So Appreciative Of Tavernier

SHOULD he be selected against Dundee United on Saturday, James Tavernier will make it to the milestone of 250 Rangers appearances.

Barring a short injury lay-off at the start of this year, he has been a near ever-present under manager Steven Gerrard.

Gerrard named Tavernier as his captain when he arrived in the summer of 2018, and he has been such an important player for him as the team has grown in the two years since.

Speaking to RangersTV, Gerrard said: "He is always available, and he is very robust. I think that goes to show that he is doing something right being available for every training session and every game, and to churn out the numbers from a physical point of view goes to show what type of player he is.

"I think Tav is someone that, when he goes through the gears, he is unstoppable, and we have seen that, or flashes of that so far this season - I think he is really close to being at his best.

"It is great for me to have him as I always know he is there for me. I don't think he is your typical leader in-terms of voice, but to have someone like Connor [Goldson] and Allan [McGregor] behind him, I think they really complement his leadership style.

"But Tav is a huge player. He doesn't get the credit he deserves I don't think from our own supporters or the credit he deserves from outside.

"I think he needs to go and win something as a captain and a leader to really get the credit he deserves, but to see him on a daily basis, I am certainly someone who really appreciates him for us."

Watch the full Steven Gerrard interview HERE

This will be Rangers’ first meeting with Dundee United since April 2014, and the first league clash since May 2012.

It will also, of course, be the first time Steven Gerrard has faced the Tannadice club, and on the game, he added: "I have been impressed by them. Barring the Kilmarnock result where, obviously it was a strong scoreline from Kilmarnock's point of view, they have been in every other game.

"I think they have been really close - I was impressed with them against Celtic as they were really close to getting a positive result.

"Against Hibs, they only lost by a goal and I think they have come up with confidence and belief - they are a team that are used to winning and they are on that wave of success.

"And, I think they have got a manager who is someone I have watched from afar for a long time who I don't think will be someone who will sit on the edge of his box.

"I think he is going to come and have a real, good go. That is the evidence I have seen so it will be interesting to see how he sets up at the weekend."