JAMES TAVERNIER REVEALS ‘RESPECTFUL’ RANGERS TOUCH GIO VAN BRONCKHORST HAS ALREADY SHOWN AS ANOTHER IBROX FIGURE THANKED

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The captain has already got a good impression of his new boss as the Dutchman gave it a body swerve and let David McCallum put the finishing touches on his Premier Sports Cup prep.

Rangers captain James Tavernier insists Steven Gerrard’s departure to Aston Villa is just a natural event in football.

But he believes the club had the safety nets to absorb the shock exit and keep the players well away from the drama.

After a seven-day wait the club installed Gio van Bronckhorst as Gerrard’s replacement on Thursday evening.

He won’t be in the dugout however for Sunday’s Premier Sports Cup clash against Hibs.

“We’re in an industry where people come and go. That’s a part of the game. Everything has happened so quick, it has already been more than a week. I thought that the club and Ross [Wilson] and everyone has dealt with it really smoothly. That’s put everyone at ease.”

“Rangers is built off of winning trophies. That’s what all the boys know so, we’re fully focused on the job in hand tomorrow which will be a tough game but we’re fully focused and we know what we need to do. It’s about winning trophies at this club – the first day I signed here that was one of the things that you’d see. You see the trophy cabinet, how much Rangers have won over the years and we want to carry that on.”

“It’s a bit of a different situation [to previous managerial changes at the club]. In the past managers have been let go, you don’t want to see that but it happens in football, but this is a different transition where Steven did such a good job and a club comes in for him. This squad that we’ve got now is one of the strongest I’ve played with.

“Previously it may not have been so strong and going through different situations. But the squad that we’ve got now is one of the strongest I’ve played with. I’ve got great belief in them, great confidence in them. The way this transition will be, the new gaffer will be taking over a great squad and just be implementing his tactics and how he wants us to play. The foundations are there, that’s the reason I see it as being seamless.

Instead it will be a caretaker coalition headed up by B team boss David McCallum and including first-team striker Jermain Defoe.

Tavernier will catch up with Van Bronckhorst on Monday after the Dutchman steered clear for this weekend, allowing Rangers to fully focus on the Hampden clash.

And he said: “In football people come and go, it is part of the game. I think the club and Ross (Wilson) have dealt with it really smoothly and put us all at ease during this transition.

“I don’t think much will change for us, our philosophy of play also filters down to the B Team and younger age groups. Training this week hasn’t been too much of a change.

“The new gaffer didn’t want to disrupt the team ahead of Sunday. That is really respectful of him. I’m looking forward to having a great chat with him on Monday.

“I have been in constant dialogue with Ross who has kept me updated throughout. I’m really excited and looking forward to this new chapter.”

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