Rangers fans are rejoicing on social media after the club shared images of James Tavernier back in training at Auchenhowie ahead of Sunday’s Old Firm [Rangers.co.uk].

Tavernier has been sidelined since picking up a knee injury in the Gers’ Europa League Round of 32 first-leg clash against Royal Antwerp on 18th February.

Antwerp FC v Rangers FC : UEFA Europa League
Rangers captain Tavernier was forced off in the first half in Antwerp after a collision but has now returned to training at Auchenhowie. ( Photo by Nico Vereecken / Photo News via Getty Images)

Leon Balogun and Nathan Patterson have deputised over the past two months, but a return to action now beckons for the skipper.

Steven Gerrard said on Friday morning that it was too early to say whether or not he’d be fit enough to make the matchday squad for Sunday’s Scottish Cup fourth round clash against Celtic, but he did admit that he was likely to be involved if he trained well on Friday and Saturday.

In that regard, the early signs are good, with the 29-year-old snapped looking in good spirits in his first full contact session back with his teammates.

While Nathan Patterson has impressed in recent weeks, Tavernier is a top class performer who has racked up incredible numbers this season and supporters are itching to see him back in action.

Therefore, the training snaps were well received, as excitement builds towards Sunday’s fixture.

Here’s a selection of reactions from Twitter:

https://twitter.com/Declan_1872_/status/1383079536733065216

https://twitter.com/Kovguire/status/1383079523755909122

Tavernier played the full 90 minutes in both of Rangers’ Old Firm wins prior to the turn of the year but missed the only derby so far in 2021 which ended 1-1 at Celtic Park.

In other news, a highly rated new arrival at Auchenhowie says it was the ‘best feeling in the world’ to sign for Rangers.

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