James Tavernier claims ex-Newcastle star Ryan Taylor was inspiration behind free-kicks

Rangers star Tavernier claims he has taken inspiration from the former Newcastle man.

Tavernier has started his career with Rangers in excellent form, and he has told the Daily Mail that he has three influences behind his free-kick ability - including one unlikely source.

He said: “When I was younger, I would watch Roberto Carlos scoring free-kicks. David Beckham would be the biggest one, he was fantastic at free-kicks and Ryan Taylor, when I was at Newcastle, was also great on them.”

Roberto Carlos and David Beckham are regarded in world football for their abilities with a set piece, and although Taylor is impressive, he is not held in the same regarded as the world famous duo.

Tavernier, 24, started his career with Newcastle, and would have been a youth player at the club whilst Taylor was a key member of the first-team. Considering Taylor’s success from set-pieces, it would have been a valuable learning experience to be able to watch him first-hand, and there are some similarities between the pair’s style of set-piece.

Tavernier’s goal from the left-wing position was incredibly similar to the striker Taylor netted against Newcastle’s rival Sunderland in 2011, when a free-kick arrowed into the top corner, curling past the goalkeeper to hand the Magpies a 1-0 victory in the Tyne-Wear derby.

It was a hard angle to score from, and a rather exceptional free-kick, and if Tavernier can continue to have such a positive impact in front of goal, he may just surpass Taylor’s reputation as a set-piece specialist.

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