Rangers defender James Tavernier has admitted that he is a Leeds United fan and went to watch his younger brother Marcus play against them for Middlesbrough last month.
Tavernier, 26, revealed that he went on a trip to Elland Road to watch his sibling, but had to make sure he would be sitting with the home supporters – even though he was kind of supporting Boro.
Marcus Tavernier, 18, has been somewhat of a revelation for Middlesbrough this season.
The England Under-19 international has started to establish himself in Garry Monk’s first-team, making seven appearances across all competitions and even scoring two goals already from the left wing.
James Tavernier traveled to Yorkshire in November to see him play on what would have no doubt been a bittersweet night for the Rangers senior player as Leeds won 2-1.
“I went down to watch him play against Leeds — but that was a bit of a hard one for me because I’m a Leeds fan and was sitting in the Leeds end,” he said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“When I told Marcus I was going in the Leeds end I think he expected it because he knows what I’m like with Leeds.”
He added: “I told him I didn’t think I could stand in the Middlesbrough end getting shouted at by Leeds fans.
“But then again I was almost supporting Boro because of him.”
Tavernier joined Rangers in 2015 and helped them win promotion back to the Premiership by lifting the Scottish Championship title.
He spent some of his youth career on the books with Leeds before getting his big break with Newcastle.
The Magpies shipped the right-back out on a number of loan spells, including one to Leeds’ bitter Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday.