Rangers stand-in captain James Tavernier is excited to work under Steven Gerrard next season and thinks the former Liverpool star will bring the “highest standards” back to Ibrox.
Tavernier was again captain as the Gers managed a 1-0 win against Kilmarnock under Jimmy Nicholl’s guidance and closed the gap to Aberdeen in second to one point.
Gerrard was confirmed as the next Gers boss on Friday and will take over on June 1st and Tavernier thinks it is good for the Gers squad to know what the incoming boss is about before he arrives.
“It’s obviously exciting, his career speaks volumes and I’m looking forward to next season. It’s good for the boys to see what he brings to the table. It’s obviously great for the club,” Tavernier said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“I think he will bring a standard, he’s been a captain and played at the highest level. He was an international as well so he brings the highest standards and will know how he wants to play football.”
Football Insider verdict
The players are probably as excited about the arrival of Gerrard as the fans are and will be desperate to see how Gerrard adjusts to life at Ibrox. Tavernier is now one of the longest-serving players at the club and as such is one of the most senior players at Ibrox and will likely have a key relationship with Gerrard next term. The right-back will have a big part to play as the Gers look to snatch the title back from bitter rivals Celtic and end their recent domination of the Scottish game before they reach eight successive titles. With only a few weeks to wait until Gerrard arrives, there isn’t long to go for the players – and fans – to find out just who things are going to pan out for the Gers. It is definitely an exciting time to be around the Gers and the excitement is only going to increase as June 1st and Gerrard’s official starting date.
In other Rangers news, Gerrard needs to get off to a good start to his managerial career