By Alan Hutton

12th Sep, 2022 | 12:10pm

Hutton reveals what he's 'heard' about James Tavernier at Rangers

Alan Hutton “heard” Rangers defender James Tavernier was nursing an injury ahead of the loss to Celtic.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gers right-back is impressed the 30-year-old played at Parkhead and against Ajax.

Tavernier played the full 90 minutes in the Old Firm clash against Celtic last weekend (3 September).

He started the Champions League game against Ajax last Wednesday (7 September) but was brought off at half time.

As quoted by the Herald (7 September), Giovanni van Bronckhorst said the Gers captain has been suffering with an injury for the past two weeks.

The Light Blues’ manager added that Tavernier had been “struggling” in the game against the Dutch side.

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When asked if he was impressed the defender was able to play through the pain barrier, Hutton told Football Insider: “Of course.

It’s obviously something that he could manage. I heard before the Celtic game that he was carrying a little niggle but when it starts to affect your performance I think that’s when it’s time you have to pull yourself back or the manager has to pull him back and give him the rest that he’s needed.

Hopefully, going off the other night and then having this little period of rest is going to stand him in good stead for the next game which will be Napoli. It’s an awful big game for the likes of [Adam] Devine or Leon King to be thrown into.

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