By Ibrox News speaking to Alex McLeish

21st Apr, 2021 | 2:10pm

Alex McLeish: James Tavernier should return for Rangers v St. Johnstone

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Alex McLeish expects James Tavernier to return to Rangers starting XI for their Scottish Premiership clash against St. Johnstone this evening.

The skipper returned to the bench in the 2-0 win over Celtic on Sunday afternoon, after shaking off his long-term injury problems at Ibrox.

McLeish believes that despite the consistent form of Nathan Patterson, Tavernier will be expecting to come back into the side.

Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “Tricky one.

“When he gets back to full fitness, what will he be expecting? He will be expecting to get back in there.

“He will probably bring Tavernier back.”

Unfortunate.

Patterson will expect this, but it won’t stop him from feeling gutted if he was to miss out this evening on another start for the famous Gers.

There are levels at Ibrox, and the youngster will be aspiring to achieve similar levels of success to what his mentor has throughout the years in Glasgow.

Tavernier has been phenomenal this season, with Gary McAllister labelling his two right-backs as “outstanding” in his media briefing yesterday.

Gerrard may have headache ahead of him, but it is brilliant to finally see the strength-in-depth that we have at Auchenhowie this season.

It has been sometime since we have had such strength, and this is partly one of the reasons behind this dominance; long may it continue.

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