JAMES Tavernier was delighted to see Steven Davis and Jermain Defoe sign for Rangers but mainly because he couldn’t wait to hear them sing.

The captain joked that the first thing the pair were told by Steven Gerrard, on arrival at the Gers winter training camp in Tenerife, was to prepare their songs for the trip’s final evening.

Captain Tavernier thinks the time away has helped bond the squad even more as the Light Blues prepare to mount a title challenge.

Speaking to RangersTV in Tenerife Tavernier said: “We are in amongst it, they have a game in hand and we are level on points at the moment.

“We have added great quality to the squad and it is only going to put us in a great position to move forward.

“We can’t be putting in a performance against Celtic and then going below that level now. We need to keep that level and then we have every fighting chance to be contending for the title.

“It has been a great trip, especially having the new guys on the trip with us. It is always great that you can spend more time together away on a training camp and get to know one another.

“Their names speak volumes; Jermain Defoe is an England international who scores goals and Steven Davis is a Premier League player and captain of his country, who has already done it up here before.

“The experience they have got is only going to put us in a better position. We have a lot of leaders in the squad so I think the main thing is that we have added quality to the squad. These are good quality pros that are going to put our team in a better place.

“They will be singing tonight as their initiation because it’s our last night they can do it! Once that glass gets tapped they have to get up and sing.

“I have been there at previous clubs and I normally go Bob Marley – Three Little Birds, it is a little singalong.

“Scotty Arfield was probably the best so far this season but we have a lot of lads who have to do it over here in Tenerife. Even Niko (Katic) hasn’t done his yet. The gaffer made sure they knew they had to sing on the first day out here.

Tavernier has not missed a game for Rangers all season meaning he has played 37 times since the Gers European run began in mid-July.

Despite that the full-back says he isn’t feeling the effects too much on his body – which he credits the club’s backroom staff for.

He continued: “It was definitely good to get a break; I would hold my hands up and say for me that was much needed.

“Everyone needed to go away, recharge the batteries, freshen up the minds and come back all fresh for the second half of the season.

“I felt really strong in the Celtic game and even after it I wasn’t too sore then I got a week off. Now we are gradually getting back into it and getting ready for Cowdenbeath.

“The key is to manage your body and that is down to the gaffer and Jordan Milsom (Head of Fitness), Craig Flannigan (Head of Performance & Preparation) and the medical team.

“They have managed us exceptionally in the past month and a bit. With the game loads they haven’t really put us on the training pitch; they have just been looking after us with Disco (David Lavery – Club Masseuse) in the background. They have all kept us going.”

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