James Tavernier urges fans to get behind Rangers under new boss Philippe Clement

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​James Tavernier wants to get Rangers fans back onside under the tenure of Philippe Clement.

The Gers players were booed off following the 3-1 cinch Premiership defeat by Aberdeen at Ibrox last month which brought an end to Michael Beale's time in the hot seat.

It was far from the first time this season that the Light Blues fans turned on their side who have slipped seven points behind league leaders and current champions Celtic and who were knocked out of the Champions League by PSV Eindhoven in the play-off.

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Former Gers midfielder Northern Ireland-born Steven Davis stepped in to oversee a shock 2-1 Europa League defeat by Aris Limassol in Cyprus which did little to improve the mood of the Gers supporters and a 3-0 league win over St Mirren in Paisley before Clement was appointed on Sunday.

Rangers' James Tavernier applauds the fans. (Photo by Robert Perry/PA Wire)Rangers' James Tavernier applauds the fans. (Photo by Robert Perry/PA Wire)
Rangers' James Tavernier applauds the fans. (Photo by Robert Perry/PA Wire)

The ex-Genk, Club Brugge and Monaco boss' debut in the Ibrox technical area comes against Hibernian at Ibrox today and skipper Tavernier is looking for a new era to begin.

The 31-year-old full-back, who signed for Rangers in 2015, said: "I had a good chat with the gaffer and it is a two-way street between us and the fans.

"I have been here over the years and we have experienced great experiences in the stadium when the fans have been behind us and when the performances have been what the fans deserve.

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"We always want the fans to back us no matter what the situation that we are in.

"And obviously we have to give them the performances that they are looking for. It is always a two-way street. I believe both of us together can be very strong."

Tavernier has seen changes in Clement's approach this week but expects time to be key.

He said: "It is still the early stages and he is trying to put his identity in the team.

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"We will be working on that every day and you will see it when we play. It is refreshing and it is good to see a different aspect of how to play football again.

"We are all really tuned into what he wants and we have got to implement it as quickly as possible.

"There is nothing drastic. It will take time, working day by day, week by week and that is the message from the gaffer. He puts his small imprints and then in the grand scheme of things later down the line we should be having a lot more different variations in the team."

Stephan van der Heyden has been confirmed as Clement’s assistant.

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The 54-year-old, who first worked with Clement in 2011 at Club Brugge, was most recently assistant at Kerala Blasters in India and has also coached in Belgium, Macedonia and Jordan.

Van der Heyden told the club’s official website: “I am looking forward to this challenge, it will be a big one but I think it is a great club. One of the most beautiful things about football is that you meet different people and different cultures, not only football culture but cultures in general. One thing in common is the supporters, they all expect the best from the team. The first impressions are good, I’m sure we can do something here and we can achieve something together.”