James Tavernier: I was blown away by this Rangers player after loss against Celtic
By James Black
Rangers defender James Tavernier has hailed his team-mates who made their debut in Saturday’s Old Firm clash with Celtic – singling out Ross McCrorie for particular credit.
Seven of the Gers starting XI were making their Old Firm debut as Pedro Caixinha’s side fell to a 2-0 defeat but Tavernier believes they committed themselves well.
19-year-old McCrorie only made his first-team debut on Tuesday night but impressed against Celtic’s strikers in his first start for the Gers, even though his side slumped to a 2-0 defeat.
Right-back Tavernier admits he was blown away by McCrorie and, as one of the most experienced Rangers players in the squad, was conscious of his own responsibilities going into the game.
“It is the first Old Firm game for a lot of people in that dressing room today but I thought Ross did really well today, he had a great Old Firm debut,” Tavernier told RangersTV, as quoted by Rangers’ official website.
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“It is one of those where the senior boys, or the ones who have been here longest, have to talk to the boys. They know now what it is about and we have to address the next three games that we do play against them.
“I didn’t speak to Ross that much before the game, you don’t want to talk too much and unsettle the nerves.
“He played in pre-season with us and did really well and against Partick Thistle, he did really well too. I can’t fault him today; he didn’t look out of place today so I am really happy for him.”
Tavernier joined Rangers in 2014 and has been a regular for the Light Blues since his move north of the border.
The former Wigan defender has now featured in eight Old Firm games but has only tasted success once so far against the Gers’ bitter rivals.
In other Rangers news, Scott Brown has made a big claim about the Gers’ tactics ahead of the Old Firm derby.