Peterhead goalkeeper raves about James Tavernier's ability after Rangers star scores stunning goal in Challenge Cup final

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The defender scored the Gers' second goal in the win at Hampden Park.

Peterhead goalkeeper Graeme Smith has perhaps surprisingly heaped praise upon James Tavernier after the Rangers defender scored a wonderful volley during the club's Challenge Cup final win, The Scottish Sun reports.

Mark Warburton's men had gone in front in the early stages at Hampden Park thanks to an own goal but had to wait until five minutes before the break before the right-back produced a moment of brilliance to find the top corner and effectively put the game beyond doubt.

And after being left with no chance to keep the 24-year-old's original effort out, Smith joked that he was nearly able to stop it as it came back out of the net, before raving about Tavernier's ability.

"I nearly caught it on the way out! It was such a sweet hit and he's been doing that lot this season from dead ball situations," he told The Scottish Sun.

"He's a great striker of the ball, which is unusual for a right-back, but he's more like a right winger."

As Smith suggested, while Tavernier is considered as a right-back, he has surely spent more time getting forward and offering support in attack than he has defending.

Incredibly, his strike against the League One side was his 14th of the season in all competitions, which means that only recognised strikers Martyn Waghorn and Kenny Miller have found the back of the net more regularly this term.

And with the huge game against Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final coming up next weekend, Warburton's men may need another moment of sheer brilliance from Tavernier if they hope to get the better of their Old Firm foes. 

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