Rangers star James Tavernier discusses whether there is goalscoring rivalry between himself and Lee Wallace

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The two defenders have been excellent going forward this season.

James Tavernier has insisted to Rangers' official website that there is no competition between himself and fellow defender Lee Wallace regarding who scores the most goals for the Scottish Championship leaders.

Tavernier made a blistering start to life at Ibrox but the Gers skipper then began to claw back the deficit between the pair in recent weeks, as he scored three in his last five games for Mark Warburton's side. However, the right-back wrestled back the initiative as he scored what was to prove to be the winner in the Light Blues' recent clash with Queen of the South. 

But while the 24-year-old conceded that he was delighted to end his long wait for a goal - having previously gone 14 games without one in all competitions - he suggested that he is just as happy to watch his fellow full-back get in on the act.

"It was a huge relief to get back on the scoresheet again, I had got a lot of stick off a few people and after scoring the week before and it being disallowed it was a bit of a blow," he told the club's official website.

"The relief on my face was obvious when I celebrated and it was a very good feeling to be scoring again.

"It didn't matter that Lee [Wallace] had been scoring, I love seeing him get his goals and he loves seeing me scoring too.

"People might say there is a little bit of competition there but we are just happy for each other to score as many goals as we can."

It is arguably the attacking intent shown by the likes of Tavernier and Wallace that has been a key reason why Warburton's men are on the verge of securing promotion back to the Scottish Premiership.

The pair have contributed 21 goals in all competitions - with Tavernier three ahead of his teammate on 12 - which has been invaluable to their title charge as opponents are unable to switch off at all defensively as they know that almost anyone in the squad is capable of finding the back of the net. 

What makes their goalscoring achievements all the more impressive is the fact that it appears to have not impacted on the jobs they are predominantly in the side to do. Although the club have conceded six in their last two games, they still boast the strongest defence in the division. 

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