By Will Butcher
James Tavernier has admitted that Rangers were the architects of their own downfall on Wednesday night despite beating St. Johnstone at Ibrox.
The Glasgow giants secured a 3-2 win in injury time, thanks to on-loan midfielder Emerson Hydnman’s 91st-minute strike from the edge of the area.
Tavernier, who remained on the pitch for the entire match, revealed on his personal Twitter account that the Gers “made that hard for ourselves” but was delighted to secure three points.
Made that hard for ourselves 🙈😅 Nothing better than a last minute goal though 🙌🏽 Much needed 3 points on the board! Great support 👏🏽 🔴⚪️🔵 pic.twitter.com/HXXGZFNUFN
— James Tavernier (@James_Tavernier) March 1, 2017
The Gers took the lead early on through playmaker Barrie McKay, who lashed home an effort from the edge of the area to take his Gers goal tally this season to a grand total of just four.
McKay’s strike was then doubled by prolific forward Martyn Waghorn, who carefully flicked home a Kenny Miller cross at the near post in the 48th minute.
However, St. Johnstone pegged Graeme Murty’s side back in the second half, as David Wotherspoon and Steven Anderson scored either side of Rob Kiernan’s red card.
But 20-year-old midfielder Hyndman refused to lay down and accept a point, as he crashed home a well-taken effort from the edge of the box to earn all three points.
In what was Murty’s first win as Rangers caretaker manager, the Gers have now moved to within six points of second-placed Aberdeen with Wednesday night’s win.
In other Rangers news, former striker Peter Lovenkrands has also delivered his verdict on the late win.