Rangers defender James Tavernier says he’s a Leeds United fan

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to kick off in the Sky Bet Championship League match between Leeds United and Bolton Wanderers, at Elland Road Stadium on March 5, 2016 in Leeds,...

Glasgow Rangers right-back James Tavernier attended Leeds United’s match against Middlesbrough last month.

James Tavernier of Rangers controls the ball during the Betfred League Cup Quarter Final at Firhill Stadium on September 19, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers defender James Tavernier has revealed to The Scottish Sun that he is a Leeds United fan.

Tavernier, who started his professional club football career at Newcastle United, has been on the books of Scottish Premiership club Rangers since the summer of 2015 when he joined from Wigan Athletic.

The 26-year-old Rangers right-back has also revealed that he went to watch the Championship match between Leeds and Middlesbrough at Elland Road in November.

The Ibrox star’s younger brother, Marcus Tavernier, featured in the game for Garry Monk’s Middlesbrough.

James Tavernier of  Rangers goes close to scoring a second goal during the UEFA Europa League first qualifying round match between Rangers and Progres Niederkorn at the Ibrox Stadium on...

The 18-year-old winger started the Championship game and played for 56 minutes, as Monk’s Boro lost 2-1 to Leeds.

Rangers defender Tavernier has admitted that he found it tough to watch his younger brother play against the club he supports, Leeds, but he has conceded that he was also gunning for Middlesbrough in the match because of him.

Marcus Tavernier of Middlesbrough celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between AFC Bournemouth and Middlesbrough at Vitality Stadium on October...

Tavernier told The Scottish Sun about his younger brother Marcus: “I went down to watch him play against Leeds — but that was a bit of a hard one for me because I’m a Leeds fan and was sitting in the Leeds end!

“When I told Marcus I was going in the Leeds end I think he expected it because he knows what I’m like with Leeds. My mum wasn’t in the away end at Elland Road either as she’s a Leeds fan too.

“I told him I didn’t think I could stand in the Middlesbrough end getting shouted at by Leeds fans. But then again I was almost supporting Boro because of him.”

Rangers are aiming to finish second in the Scottish Premiership this season, while Leeds and Middlesbrough are fighting for a place in the top six of the Championship.

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