Rangers defender James Tavernier names three players he looks up to

Ashley Cole

Former Arsenal and Chelsea star Ashley Cole is among Rangers defender James Tavernier’s heroes.

Rangers defender James Tavernier has told the club’s official website that he looks up to Daniel Alves, Marcelo and Ashley Cole.

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

The Englishman has scored as many as nine goals for Rangers and has been given the nickname ‘Blue Cafu’ by the fans for his style of play.

“All the best full-backs out there, the likes of Ashley Cole, are known as good defenders but also great at attacking,” Tavernier told Rangers’ official website.

“The full-backs I look up to are Danny Alves, Marcelo and Ashley Cole,” he added. “What I like is how they are always on top of their game and the best in the world at what they do. I’d love to be like those three players and obviously the Blue Cafu if I can try!”

Barcelona’s Alves and Marcelo of Real Madrid (both right-backs) are still at the top of their game, while Cole is arguably the greatest left-back in England history.

Cole, currently a free agent after being released by AS Roma in the summer transfer window, made his name first at Arsenal and then at Chelsea.

The 34-year-old won the Premier League twice and the FA Cup thrice with Arsenal, before clinching the league title with London rivals Chelsea in 2010 and the Champions League in 2012 (along with four FA Cup trophies and the Europa League).

The former England international left-back was brilliant going forward, but he was also a very capable defending.

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