August’s Championship player of the month James Tavernier says being at Rangers feels like home.
Prior to his switch to Glasgow, the full-back endured a number of loans spells with Bristol City, Sheffield Wednesday, Carlisle and MK Dons that meant he was unable to settle down properly which he admits was frustrating.
But after an impressive start to the season with the Light Blues earning him the player of the month, Tavernier says he’s delighted to have finally found a permanent club.
“I feel straight at home here. I love the fans, I love the club, I love how we play, the boys are great and I’m really settled in,” he said.
“There’s nothing better than being settled in. At previous clubs I’ve had to move around. This is where my home is now and it’s only going to get better for us.
“A lot of the loans were to get experience and I’ve been recalled back to my parent club Newcastle.
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“It was a little bit frustrating going out to clubs and going back.
“When Rangers came calling it was an easy decision to come up here, it’s home now and I’m really happy I made the move.
Tavernier was awarded the player of the month after netting six goals in 10 games which he concedes even has caught him by surprise as a full-back.
“I didn’t expect to score as many goals. But I’ve always had my eye on goals even in training and it’s always a little bonus if I can score in a game.
“However, as a defender I like to keep clean-sheets and also assist players on the pitch.
“I’ve been nominated for awards in League One but I’ve never actually won it before.
“To win player of the month is a great achievement. I think it comes down to the boys as well and the gaffer, and the gaffer deserves his award.
“If it wasn’t for the other boys helping me out on the pitch and providing assists then I wouldn’t be winning this award.”
Manager Mark Warburton also won the Championship manager of the month award and has been so impressed by the 23-year-old he believes he could play in the Premier League in England.
However, Tavernier is refusing to get carried away.
“It’s great that the gaffer thinks I can play in the Premier League,” he continued.
“But I just want to keep working hard and perform well in matches.
“First I obviously want to help this club back to where it belongs. We want to play in Europe but it’s great the gaffer saying that.
“It’s the best league in the world. The top players play in the league it’s something I’d like to do in my career but I’m loving my football here at Rangers and I’m happy to stay here as long as possible.”