Tavernier raves about influence of Rangers senior player
By James Black
Rangers star James Tavernier has raved about veteran Ibrox team-mate Kenny Miller’s influence in the dressing room after his row with sacked manager Pedro Caixinha.
Miller was banished from the first-team squad after reportedly leaking details about a team de-brief in the wake of the 2-0 Old Firm defeat to Celtic in September.
The 37-year-old was forced into the club’s Under-20 side and missed first-team clashed with Hamilton, St. Johnstone, Motherwell and Kilmarnock before being recalled by Graeme Murty following Caixinha’s sacking.
Miller scored twice on his comeback against Hearts at Murrayfield on Saturday and Tavernier revealed the senior player is always working hard on the training ground.
“He’s worked hard through the season & since I’ve been here,” Tavernier told a media conferece, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.
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“He works hard on the training pitch & is good in the dressing room.”
JT on Miller: He’s worked hard through the season & since I’ve been here. He works hard on the training pitch & is good in the dressing room
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) November 3, 2017
Tavernier has made 110 appearances for the Gers since joining from Wigan Athletic in 2015.
The right-back has been a constant feature under Mark Warburton, Pedro Caixinha and Graeme Murty in the Ibrox starting XI and will hope to continue that under whoever is appointed as Caixinha’s long-term replacement.
Tavernier has built a strong understanding with Daniel Candeias down the right-hand side of the pitch and the pair are a huge attacking threat for the Light Blues.
Next up for the Gers is the visit of Partick Thistle on Saturday afternoon in the Scottish Premiership.
The Ibrox giants trail leaders Celtic by six points with second-placed Aberdeen a point behind.
In other Rangers news, an Ibrox legend was delighted to see Kenny Miller back in the starting XI.