Rangers captain James Tavernier sent a rousing message to the club’s supporters in his programme notes as he previewed the match with Ross County.
It will be a year come March since the Ibrox skipper was lambasted by the Gers faithful for his timid notes in the pre-match programme for the 1-0 defeat to Hamilton.
Tavernier had claimed “whenever anybody puts a bit of pressure on us in Scotland or gets in our face it seems to affect us too much” [Twitter].
But the Ibrox skipper has bounced back this season despite the criticism from the last campaign and has been the leading light in a squad of them this season.
The Gers captain has not been without his critics but even the harshest of them must admit that the development Tavernier has taken on and off the pitch is to his immense credit.
Now standing in front of a Scottish Premiership title win which would cement him in Ibrox history, even Tavernier’s programme notes are more befitting of the title of Rangers captain.
Excellent from Tav in tomorrow’s programme notes. pic.twitter.com/NSx2qpi5ew
— Iain (@IainWATP) January 22, 2021
“Sunday’s draw brought to an end a run of 15 league victories on the bounce and our target as players now is to try to begin a new winning run to take us where we want to be in May,” said Tavernier [Twitter].
“Traditionally, we know this week of January is often the toughest for so many and this year, now we are back into a full lockdown, it will be particularly so.
“As professional sportsmen we are incredibly fortunate and privilege to be able to continue to attend our work every day but it is absolutely not a privilege we are taking for granted
“We continue to adhere strictly to the guidance issues by Drk Mark Waller, who has been fantastic in guiding us through this period and the changes as the season has progressed.
“We also remain fully aware that Rangers is giving so many of you an escape and something to look forward to at the end of a hard week.
“That is something we take very seriously and we are determined to continue to do you produ, particularly as the number of matches ramps up in the coming weeks.
“But if you are struggling, don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help whether that be from family, friends or one of the many fantastic organisations that are doing some sterling work through this challenging period.
“Enjoy the game today.”
The programme notes are perhaps a symbol of the mentality shift at Rangers this season and the club’s supporters lavished their captain with praise for the considered comments:
Put a wee tear in my eye, tremendous comments , without the rangers I would be lost right now. How well he has grown as capt
— dex (@PRodgersN) January 22, 2021
The difference in attitude this season is unbelievable.
— Dave (@dave_n84) January 22, 2021
Massive change in his mentality from the previous season – absolutely love to see it. Seriously hope he gets to lift this trophy this year.
— Yerda Selzavon (@jostmills) January 22, 2021
Really, really touching. 😔😔 Just all stick together as of course WATP 💙💙💙
— Jacqueline McGowan (@JacJac01) January 22, 2021
That is a captain right there 👏🏻
— The Ibrox Channel (@TheIbroxChannel) January 22, 2021
— Billy Adams (@bilko89) January 22, 2021
That is how you captain your club. 👏
— Ocssor (@MOcssoR) January 22, 2021
Brilliant words from Tav, love the messaging here
— Ewan McKay (@ewanmckay1976) January 22, 2021
Class…That's a Rangers Captain !🇬🇧
— Glenn Rutherford (@GlennR1872) January 22, 2021
— BH (@bout_yee) January 22, 2021
— Airman (@airman614) January 22, 2021
The mark of a Rangers captain 👏👏👏
— David Siddons (@DavidSiddons5) January 22, 2021
— Ryan Mcclure (@razzamc72) January 22, 2021
Guy is just an absolute class act
— Callum McKenzie (@_CallumMcKenzie) January 22, 2021
That is a brilliant captain’s statement, well done all concerned.
— George Henderson (@RIMSKIKORSIKOV1) January 22, 2021
Rangers captain Tavernier will be hoping to get his side back to winning ways against the Staggies following last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Motherwell.
Here’s our predicted XI for the match as the Gers look to open up a 23-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership.