By Mike Slater

22nd Feb, 2021 | 9:10am

Clive Tyldesley shares major injury update on James Tavernier after Rangers win

Clive Tyldesley has suggested that the injury of Rangers skipper James Tavernier isn’t as serious as once feared at Ibrox.

Tavernier was forced off in the 4-3 win over Antwerp on Thursday and was missing from the 4-1 victory against Dundee United on Sunday.

Tyldesley shared that a “little bird” had told him the good news over the weekend, and there are hopes he could be back sooner than first thought.

Speaking during live commentary of the clash on Rangers TV, Tyldesley suggested that his source had given him some very good news.

“A little bird has told me that it’s not as serious as first feared,” he said.

“Let’s hope that little bird is correct.”

We are definitely with Tyldesley on this one, with everything crossed on the fitness of our star man as we charge towards 55 this season.

Leon Balogun filled in superbly against Dundee United, but we don’t want the Nigerian consistently playing there over a prolonged period.

Nathan Patterson could have been playing, but he has been forced into isolation after breaching COVID-19 protocols last week.

Tavernier has been the shining light at Ibrox for many seasons now, and thankfully, hasn’t had much time out injured, and should be back fighting fit as soon as possible.

With the second leg against Royal Antwerp coming up on Thursday, should we get through, there will be huge games coming up in the Europa League and having a full-strength side will be vital to that.

In other Rangers news, many Bears thrilled by Allan McGregor in 4-1 win v Dundee United