JAMES Tavernier says he has now properly broken John Greig and Sandy Jardine’s scoring record for a Rangers defender because this time it was in the Premiership.
The Light Blues captain scored 15 times as the Gers won the Championship in 2015/16 but his double of penalties against Aberdeen made it 16 for the season.
Greig was in the tunnel to greet Tavernier after the game and the 27-year-old revealed he had some choice words for the skipper who has scored 14 of his goals from the spot.
Speaking to RangersTV Tavernier said:
“To break my record means a lot. John Greig always gave me stick that my record was set in the Championship so now I am happy to break it again in the Premiership.
“He is still here in the tunnel giving my grief that they were all penalties this season but I will take them.
“It means a lot for him to be here to speak to me straight after the game, we always have a little chat on a matchday and he always gives me stick. To come from him and for him to sort of praise me means a lot!
“I thought the performance today was fantastic from the very start, we were patient and we stopped them having chances apart from maybe off a few set pieces.
“We know they are a threat of set-pieces and we nullified them to just a couple in the first-half.
“I thought the application from the boys throughout the whole game was terrific and we knew we had to continue that from the previous games that we have played.
“We knew chances were going to come and today was obviously two penalties but I believe from open play goals were going to come.”
Rangers’ win over the Dons means they have won four on the bounce in the league for the first time under Steven Gerrard.
Tavernier believes the team have shown positive signs to hit a more consistent stride next season with their winning displays.
“The lads have adapted very well over the past few games and taken on different roles. The wide men have adapted to a different role and different players have gone into the positions.
“I thought Jermain has done a terrific job for us since he has been called upon and Scotty as well.
“It has put us in a good position for the future, next season, for the formations we can play.”