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Ibrox skipper Tavernier relishes the set-backs

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James Tavernier has revealed that he relishes bouncing back from the set-backs that have dogged his career.

At the start of this month the Ibrox skipper handed the ball to Alfredo Morelos then watched in despair as the Colombian hotshot missed from the penalty spot.

Back in March a misplaced pass to Callum McGregor set up James Forrest for a decisive Derby goal while in September he couldn’t get near Jonny Hayes as the Irishman sealed Celtic’s Ibrox victory.

Transfer speculation about the former Wigan favourite has been light this season but with the backing of Steven Gerrard and the skipper’s armband Tav handles the set-backs in his stride.

“There’s nothing to fear if he is fully behind you,” the right-back told the The Sun about his manager. “It helps to give you more motivation and more confidence. You’re always going to get set-backs and I relish them so I can get the chance to prove people wrong.

“I’m always setting the bar higher because you can’t be comfortable. We’ve set standards this season and you always want to improve.”

Steve Davis and Jordan Jones are available for selection today but with Filip Helander injured Nikola Katic will pair up with Connor Goldson in central defence.

Andy Halliday is likely to miss out on a place in the squad with Jon Flanagan on the bench as cover for Borna Barisic.

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