By Alan Hutton

13th Sep, 2022 | 8:01am

James Tavernier could regret decision amid 'huge' Rangers injury verdict - Hutton

Alan Hutton has suggested Rangers defender James Tavernier could regret playing through injury against Celtic and Ajax.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gers defender said the Ibrox club don’t have a lot of back up in Tavernier’s position if he does face a spell on the sidelines.

Tavernier, 30, played the full 90 minutes against Celtic last Saturday (3 September).

The defender was brought off for the second half in the Champions League game against Ajax last Wednesday (7 September).

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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The Gers skipper has rested this weekend after all Scottish Premiership games were postponed.

The Bears’ next test is against Napoli at Ibrox on Wednesday (14 September).

When asked if Tavernier could regret playing on his injury, Hutton told Football Insider: “Yeah of course.

It’s all ifs and buts but I can only think of myself when I was playing, I wanted to play every minute whether I had a niggle or not. It can be a good trait to have if you’re willing to do anything for the team but ultimately you can be hurting yourself long term.

There’s not that much backup behind him in terms of first team experience so we’ll have to wait and see how bad it is. There’s some big games coming up and for the backup to be the likes of [Adam] Devine, who I think has got a future at the club, it’s a huge game to be thrown in to.

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