JAMES TAVERNIER admits he deserved to be axed by Rangers for last week’s 2-1 win over Aberdeen.

The right-back, a regular starter since his move from Wigan last summer, agreed he was at fault for both goals in the 2-0 defeat at Hearts.

He dropped to the bench against the Dons and saw replacement Lee Hodson cap an impressive performance with a goal.

Tavernier had no complaints and agreed he hadn’t been at his best.

He said: “I know that my performance against Hearts was under normal for me and it was a definite wake-up call.

“You’ve got to utilise the squad if the team’s not performing, so if I’m not performing then I don’t expect to be in the team.

“I wouldn’t want to be in the team if I’m not performing. I’ve been training really hard this week and, hopefully, I can get back into the team.” 

The defender praised Hodson’s contribution but said that having cleared his head he was now determined to get back into Warburton’s starting line-up.

Tavernier added: “He had a good game and he scored a good goal. Credit to Lee, he took it with both hands and had a great game and so did the team.

“It was a great result and a result that we needed. We’re just going to move on from there.

“It took me a couple of days to really get my head around the Hearts defeat. Devastating to obviously go there and lose and we know we didn’t play at our best.

“The two goals being my fault make it a hard one to take. My family stayed away from me because I needed to concentrate and level my head.

“Now I’ve learned from it I’m definitely looking at it and getting better from it.”


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