Rangers defender James Tavernier has insisted it is “great” to have Jon Flanagan at Ibrox and looks forward to having competition for a place in Steven Gerrard’s starting XI.

The former Liverpool defender became the Gers seventh signing of the summer after penning a two-year deal with the Ibrox giants last week as Gerrard rebuilds his side.

Tavernier insists he will always back his own ability but admits he has to “keep improving” to keep his place in Gerrard’s side.

“It is great to have him in, he has played a lot of games so it is great to have him here and I welcome that competition,” Tavernier said, as quoted by Rangers’ official website.

“I am always confident and I will always back my ability, I have just got to keep improving, work just as hard as I did last year but still improve. I will still be confident no matter what is asked of me by the gaffer.”

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Tavernier will likely start the season as first-choice at right-back but will face a real fight for his place when Flanagan gets up to speed. The Gers have lacked any real cover for Tavernier for several seasons but it should now help the defender kick on and continue to improve. If Tavernier can add more goals to his game he would be an incredible asset down the right with Daniel Candeias. The defender isn’t short in confidence and that should help the Light Blues close ground on bitter rivals Celtic as they try to win their first major trophy since 2011 and end Celtic’s domination of Scottish football. Having both Flanagan and Tavernier in the squad will also give Gerrard extra options going forward and allow him to mix his side up a little.

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