Former Newcastle United defender, James Tavernier, scored an absolute belter this weekend for Rangers in their Petrofac Training Cup final victory over Peterhead.
Starting at full-back, Tavernier, who left Newcastle at the end of last season after a number of seasons out on loan, scored Rangers’ spectacular second goal in a 4-0 victory over their opponents.
With the Scottish heavyweights already holding a 1-0 advantage following an unfortunate Ally Gilchrist own goal, Tavernier put them in a commanding position shortly before the break with a soaring half-volley from 25 yards which crashed into the top corner of the net.
The 46,000 Rangers fans at Hampden Park went absolutely mad, as you can imagine, and it is sure to be one of the prouder career moments for the 24 year-old.
In case you missed it, here’s former Toon player, James Tavernier scoring an absolute SCREAMER for Rangers today. pic.twitter.com/R3bIddTL0Z
— The Spectator’s View (@thespectoview) April 10, 2016
With Rangers already having secured promotion back to the top flight this season, manager Warburton will be wanting to keep ahold of their star player in a bid to reclaim their reputation as one of Scotland’s most feared outfits.
Nonetheless, following the goal, some Toon fans on Twitter were calling for his return to Tyneside, claiming he was never really provided the opportunity he so desperately deserved.
While it would be naive to think his glowing performances for Rangers this season would be easily transferable to the Championship (no point in even pretending we’ll be a PL team next season), he might be considered an option in the market this Summer.
With 14 goals from full-back this year, he obviously has something special in him, so it will be interesting to see if he’s still plying his trade in Glasgow by September.