Flak can spur Tav­ernier

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - SPORT -

Rangers as­sis­tant man­ager Gary McAl­lis­ter has ad­vised James Tav­ernier to turn crit­i­cism into a mo­ti­vat­ing tool as he backed his skip­per to win over the fans.

Man­ager Steven Ger­rard urged sup­port­ers to lay off Tav­ernier af­ter the right-back missed his third penalty of the sea­son dur­ing Sun­day’s 2-1 win over Mother­well.

Ger­rard felt sec­tions of the Ibrox crowd were mak­ing life dif­fi­cult for the full-back by groan­ing at over-hit crosses and could of­fer him more sup­port.

Tav­ernier came un­der fire ear­lier this month af­ter his er­ror led to a stop­page­time de­feat against Young Boys in the Europa League.

McAl­lis­ter’s own ca­reer was pro­foundly af­fected by jeers from his own fans – es­pe­cially in in­ter­na­tion­als.

The for­mer Mother­well, Le­ices­ter, Leeds and Coventry mid­fielder re­tired from in­ter­na­tional duty in April 1999 at the age of 34 af­ter be­ing booed by some Scot­land fans dur­ing a de­feat by the Czech Repub­lic at Celtic Park.

Ahead of tonight’s trip to face Ross County in Ding­wall, McAl­lis­ter said: “You can use that crit­i­cism as a wee bit of in­cen­tive to show peo­ple.”

How­ever, McAl­lis­ter stopped short of giv­ing Tav­ernier a vote of con­fi­dence over penalty du­ties.

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