James Tavernier names David Beckham and Roberto Carlos as his free-kick inspirations

Rangers defender James Tavernier says that David Beckham and Roberto Carlos are his inspirations behind free kicks.

Rangers defender James Tavernier has told the club’s official website that David Beckham and Roberto Carlos are the inspirations behind his free-kick skills.

The 23-year-old right-back has established himself as one of the best players in the Scottish Championship since joining the Gers from English League One club Wigan Athletic in the summer transfer window.

The Englishman has scored as many as nine goals for Rangers, helping them maintain a 100% record in the league so far this season.

Tavernier has scored from free kicks and is fast building a reputation of being a dead-ball specialist in Scotland.

The former Newcastle United and Wigan defender has revealed that he has had to work hard on his free-kick skills over the years.

“From a young age I looked at Beckham and Roberto Carlos and I was always in the backyard trying to practise their technique,” Tavernier told Rangers’ official website.

“Only over the past few years have I worked really hard at it and put my name down for the free-kicks and I’ve produced.”

David Beckham and Roberto Carlos are two of the greatest dead-ball specialists of all time.

The former England international midfielder played for Manchester United and Real Madrid among other clubs, while Brazilian legend Carlos made his name at Madrid.

Tavernier has a long way to go before he can come anywhere close to the status of Beckham and Carlos, but he is certainly someone who is very good from free kicks.

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