Ger­rard in­sists his skip­per has re­paid faith shown

Evening Times - - LADRBOKES PREMIERSHI­P -

STEVEN GER­RARD has praised cap­tain James Tav­ernier for the way he re­sponded to his Ibrox crit­ics as he leads Rangers into a hugely sig­nif­i­cant run of fix­tures at home and abroad.

Tav­ernier came un­der fire fol­low­ing high-pro­file mis­takes against Young Boys and Hearts but was given the full back­ing of his boss.

That faith is now be­ing re­paid as the 28-year-old has raised his game and Ger­rard said: “I ad­mire the way James has gone about it. He has turned the fo­cus up even more. He is work­ing even harder. He is only hu­man.

“It was only nat­u­ral that at some stage he was go­ing to have a dip in form or make mis­takes in cer­tain games. He’s only hu­man. But what he has done is turn the fo­cus up.

“At that time, I think James needed me. He needed the back­ing of me and my staff and the play­ers around him and that’s what he got.

“He is a cap­tain who is there for you in ev­ery sin­gle game and training ses­sion.”

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