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Gerrard confirms Tavernier as new Rangers captain

The defender wore the armband in the 6-0 pre-season friendly win against Bury.

Choice: Gerrard picked Tavernier as captain.
Choice: Gerrard picked Tavernier as captain. SNS Group

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has confirmed that James Tavernier will be club captain for the upcoming season.

The right-back replaces Lee Wallace, who missed the latter part of last season through injury and is in dispute with the club after being fined for an outburst against former manager Graeme Murty last season.

Tavernier has acted as stand-in skipper previously but Gerrard said that he had been impressed with his character and consistency.

"I'm delighted with him," Gerrard told Rangers TV. "Not just the performances, but the character, the man and the leader. He has been through some highs and lows here of late, but he is one who has been very consistent.

"I know the fans like him very much, but we have been working with him for 17 days and he has been fantastic in every single department."

Tavernier wore the armband in the 6-0 pre-season friendly win over Bury on Friday Evening. Scott Arfield scored a double, while Nikola Katic, Jamie Murphy, Alfredo Morelos and Zak Rudden were also on the scoresheet.

The team now face their first competitive challenge when they take on Macedonian side Shkupi in the Europa League first qualifying round next week. Gerrard said hhe was confident his side would be ready.

"We are ready, we are ready for the challenge," he said. "The expectation and pressure will be completely different to today.

"This was a friendly match against Bury; yes there was 40,000 here so there was a slight bit of pressure, especially for the new players because it's the first time they will be judged.

"After last year of course there will be more pressure and more eyes on us, but I'm confident come kick-off that they will be ready to go."

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