James Tavernier: Newcastle spell was frustrating but I’m settled at Rangers now

James Tavernier
James Tavernier

Rangers defender James Tavernier claims Ibrox is a place he can at last call home.

The 23-year-old right-back started his career at Newcastle but had loan spells at Gateshead, Carlisle, Sheffield Wednesday, MK Dons, Shrewsbury and Rotherham before he signed for Wigan in 2014.

However, another short-term loan spell at Bristol City came before he signed for Mark Warburton in the summer to become part of the new Gers manager’s plan to return to the top flight of Scottish football.

Both men had cause to celebrate today with Warburton picking up the Championship manager of the month award and Tavernier being named player of the month.

The Light Blues have won their first 10 matches under Warburton - a club record - including six wins from six in the league to top the table.

Tavernier, who has helped himself to six goals, insists feeling settled has helped him and his team mates.

He said: “I feel right at home here. I love the fans, the club and how we play.

“The boys are great and I’ve really settled in, and there is nothing better than that as in the past I’ve had to move around and this is where my home is now so it’s only going to get better for me.

“Everyone has gelled well with each other from the very start and the new boys who have come in have gelled straight away, and they are enjoying their football.

“I think that’s showing out on the pitch and we’re playing a really enjoyable style of football that’s really attacking.

“It was frustrating going out to so many clubs, but I felt it was important to have stability and when Rangers came calling, it was an easy decision to come up here and straight away I knew I’d made the perfect choice and it’s home now.

“We’ve set goals and we’ve gone into games with game plans and to win 10 out of 10 is a great start and something to be proud of.

“I’ve always had an eye for goal, and it’s always a bonus in a game if I can find the net. As a defender though, I like to keep clean sheets and assist other players on the pitch.”