Tavernier shares the banter with Rangers hero John Greig after breaking his goal record

John Greig and Sandy Jardine held the record for goals scored by a Rangers defender.

James Tavernier says John Greig was the first person he wanted to see after breaking the Rangers hero’s record for goals scored in a single campaign, the Evening Times report.

The talented right-back fired in his 15th goal of the season during the Gers’ 1-1 draw with Alloa at the weekend, one more than Greig managed in all competitions during the 1967-68 campaign.

And upon netting in quite remarkable fashion yet again at Ibrox, Tavernier admits he wanted to seek out Greig immediately following the banter they shared ahead of the league encounter.

“He was the first person I wanted to see. It was my intention to get a goal before I came in today and beat the record at home and doing that... I gave him a little bit of stick before the game and told him: ‘I’m coming for your record’,” Tavernier explained to the Evening Times.

“He responded by giving me stick about my penalty against Celtic and I took it on the chin. I spoke to him afterwards and he gave me a handshake and congratulated me.”

“I’ve had chats with him every time we’ve had a game and he’s someone you really want to listen to because he has so much experience and is one of the main men here.”

Tavernier has enjoyed a terrific campaign at Ibrox, helping his side win the Scottish Championship and the Petrofac Training Cup and earning a place in the Scottish Cup final after beating Celtic.

The former Newcastle United man has progressed immensely this season after spending much of the previous campaign watching on from the side-lines at Wigan Athletic.

Rangers boss Mark Warburton saw his potential, and the regular first-team football in Glasgow has allowed him to develop accordingly and become a huge threat down the right flank.

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