HE WON Goal of the Season for his strike against Peterhead in the Petrofac Cup Final and James Tavernier admits it was the best strike of his career.

The right-back has scored 15 goals this season, breaking Sandy Jardine and John Greig’s record, and had three contenders in the Top Ten.

Barrie McKay’s stunning strike against Celtic was too late in the season to make the cut for the award but Tav joked his still should have won had it been allowed.

The defender smiled: “That has to be the best goal of my career, obviously the Hibs goal meant a lot and that was a big highlight to score this one the way I did was right up there.

“I would say Hibs and my Petrofac goal were my best two and then for number three there would be a few contenders.

“But they have all been great goals, I have enjoyed every single one of them and it has been a great journey this season.”

“I won’t be giving Barrie the trophy; unfortunately for him my name is on the award!

“His goal was unbelievable and for the occasion, against Celtic, then you can’t ask for better but from a technical point of view and technique wise I would take mine all day long!”

“Five goals was the highest I had scored in a season before I came here so to get into double figures was unimaginable.

“As soon as I started to get close to that record I started thinking about it but it took quite a while to get into double figures.

“The record started to get closer and closer but at Hibs it didn’t really fall for me when I had a chance so it came down to my last chance and I said I wanted to do it at home.

“I said to my Dad in the morning that I had a really good feeling and my partner did too so I’m delighted to break the record.

“I haven’t scored this many goals since I was about seven-years-old and took corners, free-kicks and the whole lot.

“Since then I’ve maybe only scored that amount in five-a-side in the off season so it’s some achievement.”

“I do get a little bit of battering from Waggy for my goals, even against Alloa at the weekend he said I was in a striker’s position but I just love getting my feet or head on the ball and scoring a goal.”

After Tavernier picked up the award we asked him to pick his Top Five goals of the season.

He said:

“Andy Halliday’s debut goal at Hibs would be up there and Barrie’s goal against Celtic would be in there, then… can I put myself in? I would pick my Petrofac goal and my Hibs free-kick.

“Then I would pick the Jason Holt goal against Dundee when the team built up the goal, it was such a team effort and the goal was a credit to the team.”

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