JAMES Tavernier says his teammates couldn’t believe how good his goal was against Partick Thistle.
The full-back’s sixth of the season was a pile driver from range and it had his fellow Gers stars questioning how he did it.
Tavernier struck in the 59th minute at Firhill to add to Josh Windass’ slick opener after a superb passing move from Jason Cummings and Daniel Candeias, who added yet another assist to his tally for the season.
The 26-year-old wrote himself into Gers history in his first season at the club when he beat John Greig’s goal scoring record for a full-back in a single season and he’s not ruling out another run at that.
Speaking to RangersTV Tavernier laughed:
“I am getting battered in the dressing room from the lads saying how did you score that? I thought there was some dip to it – I enjoyed it!
“”I don’t know how I’d rate that amongst my Rangers goals but I was probably more disappointed that I couldn’t convert the chance I had before when Murph (Jamie Murphy) cut us inside.
“My goal was maybe better but I thought the play before the other chance was decent. I am happy with the goal and happy with the clean sheet.
“My first thought was to shoot and I saw a little opportunity where I could hit it and it went in so happy days.
“I’m not doing too bad but I am capable of those goals, I got 15 my first season here so I am on the right track. Could I get close to that again? Never say never, we have plenty of games left for me to score more.”
Windass’ goal six minutes before the break fired Graeme Murty’s men into action after a tepid first-half display and Tavernier says the Gers were far from happy at half-time.
He continued: “I thought first-half we were disappointed with ourselves, we gave them a lot of chances, we let them build their confidence and we got saved by the post once.
“I thought second half we were much better and we moved the ball better, I thought we were clinical.
“It is always key to get the first goal and we’re just happy we didn’t come inside at the break drawing. It was a good goal, a good finish from Josh and a great cross from Daniel.”
Tavernier’s goal comes just days after he conceded the penalty which led to Hibernian inflicting Rangers first defeat of 2018.
He said: “I was disappointed with myself on the day but it’s something you have got to get out of your head as soon as possible and just carry on and that’s what I did.
“I was disappointed on the day and then the next day I was back to myself and I knew I had to focus for this game and that’s what I did.”