By Noel Whelan

18th Jan, 2020 | 12:15pm

Ibrox exclusive: Pundit finds silver lining in disappointing update on 'Fantastic' Rangers star

Noel Whelan says that Rangers manager Steven Gerrard will not be too worried after James Tavernier was ruled out for a couple of weeks.

The former Leeds and Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists that while “integral” to the Gers’ side, Tavernier will not be too much of a miss.

Gerrard confirmed at his press conference that the right-back and club captain would be missing for a couple of weeks after undergoing a minor procedure, young Nathan Patterson taking his place in the starting XI against Stranraer.

Whelan says that the fact the surgery has taken place at the end of the Scottish winter break is a silver lining, meaning he will be fully fit for the club’s title push towards the end of the campaign.

Asked how disappointed Gerrard would be in losing Tavernier, Whelan told Football Insider: “He will be but I suppose this time, when they’ve got their winter break, is the best time to get it done. 

“These days, when you have hernia operations or appendix operations, they’re keyhole, the way the medical teams work and Steven would have known about this, it would have been something in the plans to get it done.

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“It is what it is, Steven won’t be worried about it, he’ll believe he’s got enough there. I expect him back as soon as possible, he’s integral to their game, he’s their captain and he’s had a fantastic season so far.” 

Tavernier has already played 35 times for the Light Blues across all competitions this season, scoring three goals and chipping in with 12 assists.

He is set to miss his first Premiership game of the season on Wednesday, the Gers playing host to St Mirren.

In other Rangers news, it can be REVEALED that Steven Gerrard has intervened to stop a player leaving Ibrox for the Premier League.