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Alex McLeish has questioned whether James Tavernier will have all the necessities needed to return for Rangers in the Scottish Cup clash with Celtic.

Steven Gerrard shared a major update on Friday, claiming the skipper will be assessed today and tomorrow before deciding if he can return from his injury.

McLeish believes that the medical team will be assessing Tavernier’s speed and agility before throwing him into the deep end of an Old Firm clash.


Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “It depends on what he has been doing with the physios and the sports-science team.

“That will be crucial. They will be determining what kind of level he is at, his speed, is he rusty? Is he turning as quick? All these little necessities.

“Before they decide if he comes back into the team. He’s basically got all of the fitness of the whole season in his body, so he has that and that shouldn’t be a problem.

“The only question is if he needs two or three games to get back into his stride.”


Tough return.

It would be harsh of us to expect Tavernier to be thrown straight back into the action after months out in an Old Firm, but he will be relishing that opportunity.

Unfortunately for him, Nathan Patterson has been in excellent form during his absence at Ibrox, and the chance to get his first start in a Celtic clash is equally as exciting.

Having Tavernier even back on the bench and in the dressing room would be a massive boost to the squad, and to the likes of Patterson.

Either way, this is a huge boost to Gerrard and the squad.

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