Glasgow Rangers defender James Tavernier has established himself as one of the key players for the Ibrox club since joining the Gers in 2015.
Evans worked with the 26-year-old at Rotherham United in 2013 when the defender joined on loan from Newcastle United.
He rates him highly and believes that the Rangers defender could give Kyle Walker a run for his money at Manchester City as well.
The 55-year-old manager says that tying Tavernier to a long-term deal is good for Scottish football.
Tavernier is a very good defender but has been criticised at times for his defending. Evans insists Tavernier is good at attacking, and that he is a fantastic professional with ‘exceptional’ ability.
Evans is happy that he is doing well at Rangers, and has hailed him as a big club player.
The Gers are second in the Scottish Premiership, and they will be looking to close the gap with Celtic to three points on Sunday.
“James is a fantastic professional with exceptional ability. He was always good going forward,” said Evans, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“There were times at right-back when he’d be your best attacking wide player. Of course, there’s a balance to be struck and Graeme Murty will be trying to do that with James. But you can’t stop his attacking prowess – because that’s what makes him special.
“He was also adept at dead-ball situations around the box. That’s what attracted me to him. He’s a big club player and he can’t get a much bigger club than Rangers.”