By Dominic Toner
James Tavernier played 90 minutes in the defeat to Celtic – and the Rangers supporters praised their player on Twitter.
Rangers slipped to a 1-0 defeat to their Old Firm rivals on Sunday in the Scottish League Cup semi-final.
Forward Moussa Dembele scored the winning goal in the 87th minute, after converting a cross from team-mate Leigh Griffiths.
Rangers manager Mark Warburton decided to play Tavernier in an unfamiliar position, as he was pushed into a more advanced role.
The 25-year-old usually plays at right-back but played in front of Lee Hodson to nullify the threat of Scott Sinclair and Kieran Tierney for Celtic.
Rangers fans feel that Tavernier impressed in a midfield role and would like to see him play their again in the future.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Only positive from today is that pairing of hodson and tavernier on the right has potential
— Jack Robertson (@JackR1996) October 23, 2016
— Graeme Smith (@gsmith19891) October 23, 2016
@gofster1978 Tavernier was our best player and Hodson added some balance to our defence.
— John LOLlins (@BR3Staunch) October 23, 2016
Halliday ran himself into the ground. Tavernier was good. Gilks was awesome.
— BMC Rangers Rants (@BMCRangersRants) October 23, 2016
— Shaun Lithgow (@ATallMusician) October 23, 2016
Tavernier has been brilliant 👏🏻👏🏻
— RJ (@RJ0hnston1872) October 23, 2016
Tavernier has played his best football since early last season at RW. He looks at home down that wing
— Liam (@Liamwatp) October 23, 2016
Tavernier is making Tierney look like a little boy.
— Matt Gordon (@Matt_Gordon95) October 23, 2016
@James_Tavernier that's your position! Just beaten to MOTM by Gilks for me…. outstanding today
— KK (@kellyanndickson) October 23, 2016
Rangers have now lost both matches this season against the bitter rivals, after a humiliating 5-1 defeat in the league encounter in September.
Warburton’s side certainly put a better right in the cup tie but were restricted to playing counter attacking football.
Tavernier has established himself as an important member in the side and has now made 64 appearances for them.
The defender played a crucial role in their promotion last season and has showed he is capable of of going forward, scoring a remarkable 17 goals.
In other Rangers team news, the club’s supporters reacted on Twitter to the defeat against Celtic.