Revealed: The Rangers plan to claw back support for star savaged by many fans

Rangers have launched their pre-season campaign by throwing their weight behind previously-embattled James Tavernier.

The future of the club captain and long-serving right-back, 28, was up in the air back in March with his reputation dented by the calamitous events of the team’s post winter break blues.

Football Insider has been told by club sources that Rangers are working on using social media and club channels to claw back support for Tavernier from the fanbase.

 

A series of upbeat posts have been designed to generate some goodwill as well as build up excitement for the new season starting on 1 August.

Supporters were furious with Tavernier after he used his programme notes ahead of the shock 1-0 home defeat to Hamilton Academical in early March to admit the team can’t cope under pressure.

That came at a time when fans were raging at the team’s desperate results over a two-month period, with the skipper seen as an emblem of a side that promised much but had failed once again to close the gap on Celtic.

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Tavernier has previously been the subject of enquiries and offers from the likes of Newcastle United, Aston Villa and West Brom.

But Rangers are not expecting similar interest in the next transfer window, with Borna Barisic now the most wanted full-back at the club.

Steven Gerrard and his staff fully expect Tavernier to be the first choice right-back next season, backed up by rising star Nathan Patterson, rated as a first-team regular of the future, and Matt Polster.

Tavernier has made 241 appearances in five seasons for Rangers since signing from Wigan Athletic in the summer of 2015.

He has two years remaining on the contract that he signed in September 2018.

In other Rangers news, a winger at the club tipped to be “great” is in line to join an English club next season after Gerrard makes up mind.