Lee McCulloch praises Rangers defender James Tavernier

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on May 12, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers defender James Tavernier has thrived under Steven Gerrard's management this season.

James Tavernier of Rangers arrives at the stadium prior to the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Motherwell and Rangers at Fir Park on April 07, 2019 in Motherwell, Scotland.

Lee McCulloch has praised the strong 'mentality' that has been shown by Rangers ace James Tavernier and how he has 'bounced back' from negative results this season. 

It has been a bit of an indifferent campaign from the Light Blues this term, who at one point were level on points with the Scottish Premiership leaders, but then poor performances and results saw them slip away.


In recent weeks, they have picked up their form and won six games on the bounce in the league, including beating their Old Firm rivals on home soil last time out.


Former Ibrox man McCulloch had nothing but praise for right-back Tavernier, who has led from the front for Steven Gerrard's side this season. 

"I have spoken before about him as a captain and how he is the first man to get it tight when things aren’t going well for Rangers on the park," McCulloch told the Evening Times. 

"But the mentality that he has shown through it all has been terrific and he deserves a lot of credit for the way that he has performed this season, and the way that he has led the team as well.

"He has bounced back from results that haven’t gone Rangers’ way and he shows that he can be a leader for Rangers."

James Tavernier of Rangers is celebrates scoring the opening goal of the game with his team mates during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox...

Rangers are going to finish the 2018/19 without a trophy, but if they are to be successful next season then someone like Tavernier is going to play a big part.

For a full-back, he gets a lot of goals and assists for his team, not forgetting that he has great leadership qualities and is calm during highly pressured situations. 

The last day of the regular season takes place at the weekend as Rangers will travel to third-placed Kilmarnock where they will be hoping to extend their recent winning run to seven games. 

5th May 2019, Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Rangers versus Hibernian; James Tavernier of Rangers pulls back Thomas Agyepong of Hibernian

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