JAMES Tavernier isn’t worried about an influx of fresh faces into the Rangers dressing room – in fact the full-back is welcoming the competition.
The 25-year-old acknowledges Pedro Caixinha will look to implement his own style on the Ibrox men by introducing new signings after what the defender declares a “disappointing season.”
Tavernier admits all the Gers players have been fighting for their futures since the Portuguese came in and he hopes he’s done enough to be a starter next term.
He told the media:
“I can imagine the gaffer is going to bring some new faces in and put his stamp on next season with his players.
“I can imagine there will be some changes, I have been reading about it and you read that a lot of faces are going to come in.
“You always want new faces to challenge your position and the number is up to the gaffer.
“The group of lads that we’ve had this season have been a great group of lads and we’ve obviously been disappointed that we’ve not done as well as we should have.
“It’s the gaffer’s decision now to get the team that he wants and get the style of play that he wants for next season.
“Every time a new manager comes in they have their players that they like and they have the style of players that would fit to their plans.
“From the get go when the manager came in everyone was playing for their places and people have had to work hard in training and prove to the manager that they are going to be in his plans next year.”
Tavernier has been part of a squad which he confesses has underperformed next season and he thinks there is more to come from every player if Caixinha decides their future lies in Glasgow.
He continued: “It’s been disappointing, we’ve not been our best this season and we’ve felt we could have done better this season.
“We need to win at the weekend and build from there and start next season very positively.
“There have maybe been a lot of factors; some games have just not gone our way, some games we have been not as good so overall that’s why I’m saying it’s been disappointing this season.
“We know the capability of the team and we have not maximised that a lot this season.”