Rangers TV pundit predicts Tavernier backlash as Gerrard plan revealed
Alan Hutton has claimed James Tavernier will not be happy with Steven Gerrard’s plans to cut his game time at Rangers this season.
However, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Ibrox defender suggested the manager’s plot to rotate between right-backs could get the best out of Tavernier and Nathan Patterson.
As quoted by the Scotsman (4th October), Gerrard confessed Rangers have “overused” the 29-year-old over the last couple of years.
He revealed he plans to use the club captain in fewer games this season to help maximise his quality out on the pitch.
Gerrard’s approach will also hand teenage starlet Patterson more game time following his breakthrough last season.
However, Hutton admitted convincing Tavernier of the benefits would be tough for Gerrard.
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Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “We’ve always discussed this before, it is a difficult situation.
“You’ve got a Scotland international full-back who is desperate to play, he has to play to get better.
“And then the captain of the club who we know how well and what he gives us week to week.
“The thing Gerrard is coming out and saying is yes, that’s his captain.
“But he doesn’t have to rely solely on him for 60 games a season.
“If you bring that down to 40 and give Patterson 20, surely the standard of each player is going to be so much higher.
“You have that ability to go and rest and get ready for the next game. I think it suits everybody.”
Asked if Tavernier would be happy with the compromise, Hutton said: “As a player, of course not.
“You want to play every minute of every game. No player will tell you different.
“But I think it’s a good way of starting to bring Patterson into the fold.”