JAMES TAVERNIER scored his eighth goal of the season in the 2-0 home win over Ross County yesterday that kept Rangers at the top of the Premiership.
But the Ibrox skipper admitted he was far from satisfied that saw Steven Gerrard’s side toil for huge chunk of the encounter against the Highlanders.

The right-back opened the scoring with his third penalty-kick in a week, but the points were not sealed until substitute Brandon Barker struck a late goal.

Tavernier, speaking to Rangers TV, said: “We’re disappointed about the performance.

“We wanted a good reaction from Thursday night, we’re happy to get the clean sheet, but towards the end we let a free header go and that could have made us concede.

“We’ll certainly improve, we’ll look back on this game going into the break.

NUMBER ONE…James Tabernier fires his spot-kick beyond Ross County keeper Ross Laidlaw.

NUMBER TWO…substitute Brandon Barker zips in the points-clincher.

“It’s three points, we’re happy we got it, but disappointed with the performance.”

Barker, who had just celebrated his 24th birthday, came off the bench to complete a solo run with a drive through the legs of keeper Ross Laidlaw to make certain of victory.

Tavernier commented: “I’m delighted for Brandon, I’ve always said with the squad we’ve got people come in when they’re asked and he did that.

“He came in, got a goal, so I’m delighted for him. That’s what we need, people to make impacts coming off the bench.”

Steven Gerrard ‘s side have now won all six of their home league matches, and Tavernier added: “We want people to come to Ibrox and fear us when they come here, we want to have such a presence when we play against teams here.

“We’ve just got to keep that going – getting three points, getting the wins, and trying to keep clean sheets.”


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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