By Alex McLeish

7th Oct, 2021 | 5:00pm

Gerrard tipped to hold clear-the-air talks with Tavernier over potential Rangers issue - McLeish

Alex McLeish has suggested Steven Gerrard may have to use his “man-management” skills to keep James Tavernier happy over his game time at Rangers.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gers boss claimed the 29-year-old may not be best pleased with the manager’s plans to leave him out at times this sseason.

As quoted by the Scotsman (4th October), Gerrard admitted he felt Tavernier had been “overused” since taking charge.

The Ibrox boss revealed he plans to use the club captain in “less games” this season.

Nathan Patterson is set to deputise in his absence, with Gerrard insisting Rangers have not had a player of the youngster’s quality to compete with Tavernier.

McLeish insisted he understands the decision to leave Tavernier out on occasions.

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However, he suggested the player might still tell Gerrard he wants to play.

“Sometimes you can play the man-management card,” McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

“Have a chat with him and say: ‘Look, I need to prolong your career. I don’t want to play you in every game, risk of injury, that kind of thing.

“But then you may have a player who says he wants to play in every game. That’s normally the case for a lot of players.

“I know the game has changed a wee bit in current times with flagging up the amber cards if players are under threat of a possible strain or injury.

“They can detect these in advance now. It may be a different mentality. Whether the players buy into that, it’s something that they didn’t buy into in my day.”

Tavernier has played 46 games for each of the past two seasons for Rangers.

In other news, McLeish thrilled by Gerrard’s “intriguing” behaviour at Ibrox.