Murty: This is where Rangers senior player can improve
Rangers manager Graeme Murty has revealed that defender James Tavernier will be working on one-to-one defending and his decision making as the Gers continually looks to improve and develop his players.
Tavernier has been one of the Gers’ top performers this season and signed a new deal this week that will keep him at Ibrox until 2021.
The 27-year-old senior player was also handed the captain’s armband for the 6-1 Scottish Cup demolition of League One side Ayr United and has been a mainstay in the starting XI since arriving from Wigan in 2015.
Murty thinks if Tavernier can improve the areas he needs to work on he will prove to be a “bargain” for the Gers.
“We keep on identifying areas that everyone needs to improve at because it is one of the key fundamentals of a coach – you have to try and keep developing your players,” Murty said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“James understands that to be an outstanding player consistently he needs to make sure his fundamentals are very sound and of the highest order.
“And he knows that one-to-one defending and decision making are integral to that.
“So he will be working on that, he has been working on that and it’s making sure he shows that in key moments in games. If he does do that then I am sure we may have got a bargain in our hands.”
Tavernier only cost the Gers £200,000 when he signed under then-manager Mark Warburton and has gone on to make 126 appearances for the Ibrox giants.
During his time at Ibrox, Tavernier has won the Scottish Championship and Scottish Challenge Cup but is yet to get his hands on any major trophies.
The Light Blues best chance of ending their seven-year major trophy drought is in this season’s Scottish Cup with a quarter-final visit from Championship side Falkirk next month.
Tavernier has scored six times this season, chipping in with a further 8 assists, in his 32 appearances for the Gers.
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