Rangers boss Steven Gerrard suggests he wanted to take off James Tavernier

Head coach Steven Gerrard of Rangers and warm over from the Rangers players during Rangers FC Training and Press Conference at Weststadion on December 12, 2018 in Vienna, Austria.

Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard suggests that he did not want James Tavernier to play the entire 90 minutes at Ibrox on Sunday.

head coach Steven Gerrard of Rangers during the UEFA Europa League match between SK Rapid Wien v Rangers at Weststadion on December 13, 2018 in Vienna, Austria.Rangers manager Steven Gerrard

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has suggested to the club’s official website that he would have liked to take off James Tavernier against Hamilton Academical at Ibrox at the weekend.

Tavernier started the Scottish Premiership match for Rangers on Sunday afternoon and played for the entire 90 minutes.

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Rangers won 1-0, and manager Gerrard has suggested that he would have taken off the 27-year-old former Newcastle United right-back had the Gers gone 2-0 up.

Gerrard told Rangers’ official website: “We are playing well up until a certain point but someone has got to go and want to go and score a goal or assist a goal to kill Hamilton.

“As soon as that game goes to 2-0 I can get James Tavernier off the pitch because he has played every minute and I can rest people for the more important games coming up.

“I didn’t have that luxury so the plan that I had in my head went out the window because we didn’t have a killer instinct today.”

15th April 2018, Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland; Scottish Cup football, semi final, Celtic versus Rangers;  Celtic's Callum McGregor with Rangers' James Tavernier

Rest soon for James Tavernier?

Tavernier is one of the best right-backs in the Scottish Premiership and is a key figure for Rangers.

According to Transfermarkt.com, the former Wigan Athletic star has played 16 times in the Scottish Premiership, eight times in the Europa League qualifying campaign, six games in the Europa League group stage and twice in the Scottish League Cup.

Every player needs a breather from time to time, and perhaps Gerrard will give Tavernier a rest the coming weeks.

Rangers are at the top of the Scottish Premiership table at the moment.

James Tavernier of Rangers and Boli Bolingoli of Rapid during the UEFA Europa League match between SK Rapid Wien v Rangers at Weststadion on December 13, 2018 in Vienna, Austria.

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