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9th Dec, 2016 | 5:31pm

Rangers defender shares devastation, explains how he can bounce back

By Emma Sanders

Devastated Rangers right-back James Tavernier has vowed to produce a good performance against Hearts on Saturday to make up for his horrible mistakes in the previous encounter.

The defender admitted he was at fault for both of the goals conceded in the 2-0 defeat just two weeks ago and he hopes a good game on Saturday can make up for his mistakes.

“It took me a couple of days to get my head around what happened. It’s devastating, especially with the two goals being my fault. I’ve looked over the goals a few times and it wasn’t easy to watch,” said Tavernier, as quoted by Sky Sports.

“These are the things you learn from. I can clearly see both goals at Tyneside were my fault. But it will only make me a stronger player if I learn from it.”

The 25-year-old received a punishment for his poor performance it seems when he was dropped from the starting XI for the side which recorded a crucial 2-1 victory against Aberdeen last Saturday.

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Lee Hodson started ahead of him at right-back and had an excellent display, scoring the winner in the second-half to seal victory for the Gers.

He now faces a battle to regain his place in the side but when given the opportunity, he hopes to prove to Mark Warburton why he can be relied upon in defence.

Prior to being dropped, Tavernier had started three games in a row and has already made 20 appearances for Rangers in all competitions this season.

He is expected to feature at some point in Saturday’s return fixture against Hearts when the two teams go head-to-head at the Ibrox Stadium.

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