RANGERS defender James Tavernier was surprised to be told by Mark Warburton he would be playing in midfield against Celtic in the Betfred League Cup semi-final last month.
The Englishman was pushed forward with Northern Ireland international Lee Hodson taking over his usual role at right-back. The move wasn’t a success as the Hoops triumphed 1-0 with Moussa Dembele’s late goal.
Tavernier returned to the No.2 position for Saturday’s 3-0 win against Kilmarnock. He said: “I was a little bit surprised when I found out I was playing there at Hampden, but I was excited to have the chance to be higher up the pitch.
“I am quite used to that position though, I can play higher up in games even if I am playing right-back.
“I did the job that day, but I do see myself as a right-back. However, if the gaffer needs me to fill in anywhere I am happy to do so.
“People always talk about the threat that Celtic have and I thought Lee and I nullified that down our side for the whole game and we were happy with the performance, but not the result which was a killer blow.
“Lee is a great lad and he has done well when he has been in that position and it is totally down to the gaffer who he picks.”
Tavernier is likely to continue in his more recognised role when the Ibrox side travel to Dingwall to play Ross County on Sunday. The game ended goalless when the teams met in Glasgow in September.