James Tavernier thinks Rangers' defence deserve more credit for what they have achieved this season

Mark Warburton's men have conceded the fewest goals of any team in the Scottish Championship.

Rangers star James Tavernier has told the club's official website that he feels that the Gers' defence deserve a lot more credit than what they have received for what they have achieved this season.

The Light Blues are 14 points clear at the top of the Scottish Championship, and while much of that is down to their free-scoring style - which even right-back Tavernier has got involved with this season, scoring seven goals in the league - which has seen them bag 26 more goals than anyone else in the division, it is also down to their incredibly strong defensive unit.

Mark Warburton's men have conceded just 18 times in their 28 league games this term, which is the best record in the division. And Tavernier believes that the back-line deserve more praise for that accomplishment.

"I think it hasn't been highlighted enough in the press how well we have kept goals out at the back and we have done it really well," he told the club's official website.

"It was disappointing to concede but we have kept a tight ship at the back and we have put on a great platform for the players in front of us and hopefully we can continue that until the end of the season."

With promotion to the Scottish Premiership now seeming inevitable, Warburton will be hugely encouraged by the way that his players have approached this season.

Although it was apparent that the standard of the league meant that some of the defenders could get forward and prove a threat in front of goal, the team have not become complacent at the back and left large gaps for opponents to exploit. 

And that should surely benefit them once they return to the top flight where they will have to do considerably more defending than they do now, as they will know what the game-plan is having honed it all this season. 

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