James Tavernier issues coronavirus statement as Rangers captain sends message of support to fans

Captain addressed supporters in lengthy statement

Message of support: Rangers captain James Tavernier

James Tavernier has sent a message of support to the Rangers support amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Scottish football was suspended on March 13 – barely 48 hours before the Gers were due to host rivals Celtic – and since then, players have been confined to their homes.

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In a statement posted on the Ibrox club’s website, Tavernier wrote: “There is a lot of uncertainty and worry for everyone around the world right now.

“I know what an institution like Rangers means to our loyal fans but football must be secondary right now. It is vital that we follow the advice of the government and medical experts to beat this virus.

“Football and sport in general, play a massive role for the health and wellbeing of millions around the world. Both physically and mentally, sport unites us all. This virus is impacting everyone in all aspects of life.

“Naturally, we are all concerned for our family, friends and loved ones but hopefully in time, we’ll be able to get back to normality. Let’s look forward to getting back to the joy of being back out on the pitch and supporting our team.”

The right-back also gave an insight into how the players are coping with their day-to-day schedules disrupted by the hiatus and instructions to remain indoors as much as possible.

Revealing that all squad members have been given specific fitness and dietary programmes to follow, the former Wigan defender added: “All the lads are communicating with each other and with the staff. The programmes are geared towards us being in the best possible physical condition and we are looking forward to being back together at the club soon.”

Tavernier also played down the idea of playing matches behind closed doors, insisting: “Rangers wouldn’t exist without its fans and we want to return when it’s safe to do so infront of our unbelievable fans, and certainly not behind closed doors.”

He finished up by urging the club’s fanbase to look after themselves and each other, adding: “Please look after yourself and your loved ones. Stay safe and follow your local government guidelines. Thank you to the medical staff, and all key workers in the UK and across the world.”

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