Stand-in Rangers captain James Tavernier has thanked Rangers fans for their support over the course of the season – despite the Light Blues only managing to finish third in the Scottish Premiership.

The Light Blues had a number of chances to secure second in the table over the final weeks of the season and blew their chance on the final day after only managing a thrilling 5-5 draw with Hibernian at Easter Road.

The Gers ace admitted there have been “plenty of ups and downs” over the campaign as the Gers sacked two manager and suffered some of the most embarrassing results in the club’s history.

“Not the finish we wanted today! Plenty of ups and downs throughout the season but can’t wait to recharge the battery’s (sic) and come back next season and smash it up! Thank you to all our fans for your amazing support,” Tavernier said on his personal Twitter account.

Football Insider verdict:

Compare and contrast the comments from Tavernier and Josh Windass and there’s a remarkable difference between the two. While Windass is busy lauding his own achievements, Tavernier at least gives an acknowledgement that finishing third isn’t good enough. The right-back has arguably been Rangers’ most consistent performer over the course of the season and will likely have a big role to play next season under Steven Gerrard. The Gers ace needs to tighten up defensively but is a vital part of the Gers’ attacking play and could possibly thrive in a slightly more advanced role. With only a gew weeks until Steven Gerrard takes the reins, the players now have a few weeks to go away, recharge and come back and return ready for a genuine title challenge next season. Despite coming in for criticism this season, Tavernier has been head and shoulders above most of his team-mates this season.

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