By James Black

Rangers defender James Tavernier has revealed interim Ibrox manager Graeme Murty has taken him under his wing after also playing as a full-back during his playing career.

Murty has been in charge at Ibrox since being handed temporary control following Pedro Caixinha’s sacking on October 26th and Tavernier has revealed the former Reading and Scotland defender has organised specialised training sessions for the club’s full-backs.

The interim Rangers manager played for Reading in each of England’s top-three divisions as the Royals worked their way up the Football League ladder before spending two seasons in the Premier League between 2006 and 2008.

Tavernier admitted that Murty has using his own experience of playing at the top-level to help the Gers defenders as they continue their search for Pedro Caixinha’s replacement.

“Murts is an ex-player so he knows how all of us think and all the emotions that we go through so he is a perfect person to have around,” Tavernier said, as quoted by the club’s official website.

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“He has put us all in the right direction since he has come in and we have just been preparing well for this trip to Dundee.


Tavernier added: “He does sessions with the full-backs and that is something he has put in place since he has taken charge.

“He is bringing the confidence back into the place which is key because the team plays better with confidence.”

Murty will be in the dugout on Friday night again as Rangers take on Dundee in the Scottish Premiership.

The Gers have won two of their three games under Murty since Caixinha’s sacking and will be desperate to take three points against Dundee with a double-header against Aberdeen looming.

The Light Blues currently sit fourth in the Scottish Premiership after last weekend’s 2-0 defeat to Hamilton at Ibrox.

Second-place Aberdeen are three points ahead of the Ibrox giants going into this weeked’s round of fixtures.

In other Rangers team news, the club has received an apology following some untrue stories that were written about Bruno Alves 

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