Rangers skipper James Tavernier hailed his side’s character after grinding out a 2-1 win over Dundee at Dens Park this afternoon that keeps the Light Blues in the hunt for the title – as he thanked for digging him out after his first-half penalty miss.
After going 1-0 down early on, Tavernier had the chance to level the scores just before the break when Rangers were awarded a spot-kick for a foul on Alfredo Morelos, only for Tavernier to send it over the bar.
Goals from Aaron Ramsey and Connor Goldson eventually turned things around for the Light Blues and Tav was full of praise after a “tough night” against Red Star in midweek.
“I thought we showed great character during the game,” Tavernier said [Sky Sports]. “Obviously we didn’t get to the levels in the first half. We had a couple of chances, with my penalty being one of them.
“We knew in the second half we’d need to put in a really good performance.
“The boys were terrific in terms of their energy levels, on the back of a tough night on Thursday.
“We had boys coming off the bench helping us out and we scored two really good goals to come away with three points.
“We were more patient on the ball in the second half. We got in better positions that we did in the first half.
“The subs came on and made a real impact on the game, even towards the end. But that’s why we have a great squad. I’m just glad we came away with the three points.
“I obviously tried to better my [penalty] here last week and go top corner. I probably leaned back on it too much, but you are always going to miss some.
“I always focus on putting it the back of the net next time, keeping my head and carrying on with the game. The boys dug me out and I was delighted.”
Rangers need to keep digging deep in title race after Dundee win
While it was far from pretty, Rangers done what they needed to do this afternoon in the City of Discovery.
Three points are three points regardless of the quality of performance but Rangers can’t continue riding their luck.
With a couple of weeks until the Old Firm clash with Celtic after the international break, there’s plenty of time for van Bronckhorst to work with his players and get them firing.
You can read our match report from this afternoon’s win at Dens Park HERE as Rangers left it late