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Gary McAllister Hints at James Tavernier Replacement

Gary McAllister Hints at James Tavernier Replacement

Gary McAllister has hinted that Matt Polster could now be James Tavernier’s replacement at Rangers.

The Rangers assistant manager faced the media this morning ahead of his side’s Ladbrokes Premiership clash with Ross County tomorrow night.

Much of the press conference centred around his side’s 2-1 defeat to Hearts at Tynecastle on Sunday.

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Rangers had led 1-0 in the game, but couldn’t stop a spirited Jambos comeback – ultimately losing and handing Celtic advantage in the title race.

And while there were plenty of negatives from the game, one positive was the performance of Polster off the bench.

He replaced Jon Flanagan at half-time and was assured on and off the ball despite Rangers losing.

Now McAllister believes Polster has a good chance of replacing Tavernier while the Rangers captain misses out through injury.

Asked about Polster taking over from Flanagan, McAllister, per Rangers’ YouTube channel, said: “I would agree with you that Matt did really well when he came on the pitch.

“I thought he showed a bravery to get on the ball and in possession I thought he used the ball very well so yeah he’s got a good chance.”

That would come as a big boost to Polster as he’s struggled for regular game time since signing for the club.

He’d made just four first team appearances before the weekend’s game, but has an opportunity to make more over the coming weeks with Tavernier still out through injury.

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