Tavernier salutes Wallace with former skipper set for exit
JAMES TAVERNIER hopes former Rangers captain Lee Wallace will always be a remembered as an Ibrox great after making what could be his last appearance for the club on Sunday.
Wallace was given the final few minutes of the victory over Aberdeen as two second half penalties from Tavernier ensured Rangers will finish runners-up in the Premiership this season.
With just three matches – at home to Hibernian and Celtic and away to Kilmarnock – to come in the closing weeks of the campaign, Wallace may well have played his last game for Rangers.
Tavernier replaced the leftback as captain last summer as he was handed the armband by boss Steven Gerrard.
The skipper will forever be grateful to the 31-year-old as he gets set to bow out after eight seasons with Rangers.
Tavernier said: “He’s been a terrific servant to the club. I was over the moon seeing him get on to the pitch. I got chills when I heard his name announced and the reception he got from the crowd.
“It was fantastic – like the old days of me on the right and him on the left.
“He’s been a loyal servant. His picture is on the billboard behind the stadium. He’s been a terrific captain, especially for me, and I have enjoyed playing with him.
“When I first came he was a great leader and I still look up to him. You see his application every day, he never slacks, he’ always a top professional.
“He should always be remembered as a great servant to this club.
“He’s always guided us in the right direction. But he’s always been supportive since the gaffer gave me the captaincy.”