It was a completely mixed display for Glasgow Rangers captain James Tavernier in the 3-1 win against a stubborn Kilmarnock side on Sunday.
Steve Clarke certainly had his side organised not to lose goals, but not against a rampant Gers wideman, laying on three inch-perfect crosses for Alfredo Morelos to score his hatrick.
Tavernier’s attacking ability left Rangers fans drooling over the performance of the right-back in the victory on Sunday. He was a complete menace as he raced up and down the right wing, and continued to create danger to the Rugby Park side.
The downside was, at times, he was posted missing in defence, and he gave away several dangerous free kicks as he tried to resume his proper position. The Rangers captain demonstrates his pace going forward yet costs his side goals at right back, so what is the answer?
I suggest playing Jon Flanagan at right back, with Tavernier moved forward to a more favourable wing-back or winger position. He doesn’t have to worry so much in defence and he can almost fully concentrate on attacking the opposition.
The Rangers fans are pleased that West Brom’s bid was immediately dismissed as derisory by Gerrard and the board. The manager wants to keep all his best players together, and consolidate progress as he plans to win a trophy this season.
If the Rangers boss changes Tavernier’s position to wing-back, it could increase his transfer value if he continues to play as effectively as he did at Rugby Park. His attacking play was exhilarating, and his crosses could not have been more accurate for Morelos.
The 27-year-old regularly scores goals and creates assists for his attackers to find the net. As a right back, he wouldn’t be quite good enough for the Premier League, but playing further forward, Rangers might just hit the transfer jackpot.
The way he played at Kilmarnock, the fans forgave him for the odd shaky defensive lapse, as his ability at the other end of the pitch was unbelievably good, and more than made up for it.
The Gers fans will hope he does equally as well this Thursday at Ibrox against FC Ufa from Russia. Rangers need him to be at his very best, if they are to build a convincing lead in this important first leg encounter.