Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has provided details of an exciting new plan for James Tavernier.

The skipper has been one of the first names on the teamsheet since his arrival from Wigan Athletic in the summer of 2015.

Tavernier has been through some real lows and major highs at Rangers. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

He’s made a whopping 301 appearances across all competitions, scoring a remarkable 66 goals and notching 94 assists.

His durability and mental strength have been admirable and last season, he finally led the club to the Premiership title in emphatic fashion before scooping the PFA Scotland Player of the Year award.


So far this campaign, his form has been a little patchy, while he missed a pair of matches during the Covid outbreak at Ibrox.

Following a tough night in Prague in the Europa League, he was taken out of the starting XI for the visit of Hibernian in the Premiership on Sunday, with backup right-back Nathan Patterson getting the nod instead.

Patterson would go on to assist the Kemar Roofe goal that got the Gers back into the game and Hibs would ultimately be beaten for the first time in the league this season.

Now, Gerrard has explained that it won’t be the last time Tavernier sits out of an important game, with the coaching staff looking for quality over quantity from the captain.

“Tav is capable of playing 55, 60 games – he is very robust,” he said [Scottish Sun]. “But he had an injury at the back end of last season and we feel we have over-used him.”

“We’ve had back-ups come in and try and offload him, but we haven’t had back-ups of the quality of Nathan, who is a Scotland international.

“We have got just as much trust in James as we have in Nathan. We want less games out of Tav, but with more quality and foot to the floor. I believe that will help him and the group.”

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Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has a new plan for James Tavernier going forward. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Rangers boss explains new plan for James Tavernier

Right-back was always going to be an area to watch this campaign with Patterson showing real quality during the second half of last season but Tavernier only penning a new contract in April.

As the captain and one of the best players in the league, there’s little question that Tavernier should still be the first choice.

Yet, there’s also a need to find substantial playing time for Patterson, a young Scotland international who, despite his allegiance to the club, surely wouldn’t be happy with occasional substitute appearances for as long as Tav remains at Ibrox.

Gerrard showed real trust in Patterson at the weekend and it could work in Rangers’ favour after the international break, too, with Tavernier likely to be fresher and hungrier ahead of big fixtures against Hearts and Brondby.

In other news, a striker who Rangers seemingly opted against bringing back to Ibrox scored a brace at the weekend as his strong form continues.

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