Alan Hutton has suggested to Football Insider that Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has made James Tavernier better.

The former Rangers and Aston Villa right-back – who is a free agent at the moment – believes that under Gerrard, Gers star Tavernier has become better defensively.

Hutton believes that the 27-year-old former Newcastle United right-back has been the “standout” player at Rangers.

Hutton told Football Insider about Tavernier: “I think he’s been the standout, hasn’t he really? You talk about Morelos and his 30 goals, which is unbelievable, but I think as a right-back to be producing those numbers is kind of outstanding, you don’t really see it.

“He’s obviously been tagged with the defending thing not being his strongest suit but I think he’s really worked hard on it. You can see that, definitely since Gerrard came in.

“I think he’s been the man to identify that: ‘Yeah, that’s great but you also have to do the other side of it,’ and he has really worked hard on it and become a better player.”

Important player for Rangers

Tavernier is arguably the best right-back in the Scottish Premiership and is one of the most important players at Rangers.

The 27-year-old is brilliant going on the attack, scoring goals and creating chances, and over the past few months, he has also improved defensively.

With Rangers aiming to win the Scottish Premiership title this season and also looking to make an impact in the Europa League group stage, Tavernier is going to be a massive player for the Gers.

Rangers are second in the Scottish Premiership table at the moment with 12 points from five matches, three points behind leaders and bitter Old Firm rivals Celtic.


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