Rangers captain James Tavernier has managed to outscore most of Europe’s big-name stars this season – and he’s a right-back!
The Englishman, 29, has more goals and assists than any player in the Scottish Premiership, steering Rangers to the top of the league’s summit with a huge 15-point advantage over second-place Hearts.
Tavernier is a set-piece specialistGetty Images – Getty
Celtic have three games in hand, but even if the Hoops win all of them, Rangers would still be seven points clear of their arch rivals.
It looks increasingly likely that Rangers will end Celtic’s run of nine league titles and stop the dreaded ten-in-a-row, but it could also be a special personal season for Tavernier.
At this rate, he might even be thinking about the European Golden Shoe!
Tavernier’s latest goal, his 17th of the season in all competitions, was a stunning free-kick from 35 yards during the 2-1 win at Dundee.
He also laid on the second for Connor Goldson, notching his eighth assist of the season, to show he’s more than just a free-kick and penalty merchant.
Given their long route to the Europa League, via the qualifying round, and the early start to the Scottish Premiership, Rangers have played more games than most this season – 27 already in fact.
Tavernier has more goals than all of these guys so far this season
Nonetheless, Tarvernier has more goals in all competitions than Cristiano Ronaldo (12), Lionel Messi (8), Harry Kane (15), Robert Lewandowski (16), and Kylian Mbappe (12).
With the delayed Euro 2020 coming up next summer, it looks like England boss Gareth Southgate might have another extraordinary right-back to consider taking.