Tav­ernier salutes Wallace with former skip­per set for exit

Evening Times - - LADBROKES PREMIERSHI­P -

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.”

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