By Saikat Mandal

30th Jul, 2022 | 7:10pm

James Tavernier shares what Connor Goldson told him in Rangers win v Livingston

Rangers managed a 2-1 win against Livingston in the opening game of the brand new Scottish Premier League campaign on Saturday (30 July).

After trailing 1-0 at the break, the Gers came back strongly in the second half and scored two goals quickly to turn the tie in their favour.

Scott Arfield got the equaliser with a header from Ryan Kent’s cross, while James Tavernier added another with a stunning free-kick.

Ahead of the freekick, the Gers defender Conor Goldson gave Tavernier a little pep talk as shared by the skipper after the game.

“Connor came up to us and said ‘just do the same.’ So I placed them in the view of the keeper and just put it in. I’m just delighted that it went in,” said Tavernier, as quoted by The Daily Record.

Three points

It is important to start the season on a strong note if the Gers want to mount a strong challenge for the title.

They have lost two important players this summer, but Van Bronckhorst has added quality players in almost every position to bolster the squad.

The first half was very poor, with summer arrival John Souttar struggling to adjust to the high-line defence under the Dutchman.

New signing Malik Tillman, who joined on loan from Bayern Munich, was outstanding after coming on in the second half in place of Scott Wright.

The 20-year-old made a big impact and changed the complexion of the game.

However, Rangers just needed a moment of brilliance to break the Livi resilience, and it came from their skipper.

Tavernier scored 18 goals in 58 appearances for the Light Blues last season which is a remarkable record, and he has made a great start to the new season as well.

In other Rangers news, Ross Wilson now has names lined up just in case Alfredo Morelos seals his exit this summer