Lee Wallace admits surprise Rangers teammate James Tavernier not shortlisted for Scottish Championship Player of the Year award

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The right-back has been in sensational form for the Gers since his move to Ibrox last summer.

Lee Wallace has admitted his surprise that Rangers teammate James Tavernier has not been included on the shortlist for the PFA Scottish Championship Player of the Year award, the Daily Record reports.

The 24-year-old has been a key part of the Gers' success this season but has not been included alongside the likes of Wallace and another Rangers teammate Martyn Waghorn as well as Hibernian pair John McGinn and Jason Cummings in the running for the award.

And his fellow full-back has conceded that he is not sure why the defender has not made the cut.

"With Tav, it's not just goals for himself but he's also assisting as well. When he burst on to the scene I think he took everyone by surprise, he was scoring in every single game," he told the Record.

"So I'm a bit surprised he's not been mentioned."

As Wallace says, as well as helping the Light Blues keep the most impressive defensive record in the second tier, Tavernier has also proved to be a major threat going forward. 

His willingness to get into the penalty area when the ball shifts out wide has helped him score 15 goals in all competitions, including 10 in the league with his most recent coming in Saturday's draw with Alloa.

In addition to that, the former Wigan man has also contributed 16 assists in the league alone to help Mark Warburton's men power their way to the title.

And while he will surely have to do more defending next season when the Gers are back in the Scottish Premiership, opponents will surely look at Rangers' right-back and worry about him just as much as their main striker.

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