Owen Hargreaves has compared Rangers’ James Tavernier to legendary Barcelona right-back Dani Alves following the Gers’ enthralling 3-2 Europa League win over Standard Liege last night, speaking to BT Sport.
Steven Gerrard’s side fell behind twice in the game before eventually coming out on top in a game that had everything.
Tavernier scored a first-half penalty to level the match at 2-2 on the stroke of half-time before Scott Arfield smashed in the winner after the interval.
Tavernier – outstanding numbers
It was Tavernier’s 15th goal of the season, while he has also registered ten assists. Those outstanding numbers have caught Hargreaves’ attention. And the former Manchester United midfielder lavished praise on Rangers’ full-back after the game.
“Unbelievable. I think Dani Alves would be proud of those numbers – 15 goals and ten assists,” Hargreaves told BT Sport.
Alves’ glittering career
Hargreaves’ comments will raise some eyebrows outside the blue half of Glasgow. Alves is widely regarded as one of the finest full-backs of the 21st century.
The Brazil international won six La Liga titles and three Champions League trophies during his time at Barcelona. Further league titles followed with Juventus and Paris St-Germain. Alves is now back in his homeland playing for Sao Paulo.
Yet there’s no doubt Tavernier is in the form of his life. The Rangers captain has led by example this season, with the club yet to taste defeat in 2020/21.
Rangers flying on all fronts
The Gers have conceded just three goals in 15 league matches, highlighting how Tavernier and his defensive comrades are forming a barrier comparable to the Hoover Dam.
Rangers hold an 11-point advantage over Celtic having played two games more and are firmly on course to end Celtic’s domination.
Last night’s thrilling win also secured their place in the last 32 of the Europa League as the side continues to impress in all competitions.
The Gers will look to extend their unbeaten run when they travel to Ross County on Sunday.