'It's a fresh start' - James Tavernier makes admission about Rangers manager change
By James Black
Rangers mainstay James Tavernier has admitted it’s a fresh start for everyone at Ibrox after the club sacked manager Pedro Caixinha last week.
The right-back – who has been a fixture in the Gers starting XI for the past three seasons – also admitted the players have taken their share of responsibility for the short-comings on the pitch which saw Caixinha sacked seven months into a three-year contract.
Graeme Murty has been put in temporary charge for the second time in 2017, and the Under-20’s boss was praised by Tavernier for the job he did last time he was promoted in the wake of Mark Warburton’s resignation in February.
“It’s a fresh start for everyone and the manager did a great job last time he came in. We all respect him highly, he’s good to have around,” Tavernier said at Friday’s media conference, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.
“We know we are the ones responsible on the pitch and we have to go out and deliver three points every week.
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“The fans want that and so do we.”
JT: We know we are the ones responsible on the pitch & we have to go out & deliver three points every week. The fans want that and so do we.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) November 3, 2017
Tavernier looked back to his best last weekend against Hearts in the 3-1 win at Murrayfield.
The defender fired a number of dangerous crosses into the penalty area before Kenny Miller got on the end of one and steered a header into the back of the net.
The Gers take on Partick Thistle at Ibrox on Saturday afternoon as they look to close the six-point gap to Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic.
With an international break coming up next week, it could be Murty’s last game in charge of the Light Blues.
Fans, at least, will be hoping for a new face to be installed when the Glasgow giants face Hamilton on November 18th.
In other Rangers news, an Ibrox legend was delighted to see Kenny Miller back in the starting XI.