Andy Newport has been speaking on the latest instalment of the Record Rangers podcast, where lavished praise on Rangers captain James Tavernier.
The 29-year-old has been instrumental for the Gers this season as Steven Gerrard’s men strolled to a first Scottish Premiership title in 10 years.
Tavernier was recently rewarded for his impressive performances with a new contract, putting pen to paper on an extension to his previous deal, committing himself to the Glasgow giants for another three seasons.
His influence for the Ibrox outfit has seen Newport compare the Englishman with ex-Rangers captain John Greig, a member of the club’s hall of fame after lifting the 1972 Cup Winners’ Cup, as well as three domestic trebles.
He said: “I suppose to an extent you could probably call him a modern-day John Greig. Obviously, he’s got a long, long, long way to go before he can get to the same sort of stature that John Greig has with the club, but there’s a few similarities there.
“You know, John Greig had the option many a time to leave Rangers when we were down on their luck, and he stuck by the club, and I suppose you could say the same about James Tavernier.”
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Although Tavernier is still some way off from securing a legacy anywhere near that of Grieg’s, something Newport also admits, the former Newcastle United defender has certainly secured his place in Rangers folklore by lifting their 55th top-flight title this season.
Gerrard has already said that there ‘is more to come’ from this Rangers side, and the supporters will surely be delighted that they’ll have Tavernier around for many more years to come as they look to assert some domestic dominance in Scotland.