Leeds United legend surprises Rangers captain James Tavernier as Whites stars ex Elland Road team-mate on title

Leeds United legend Lucas Radebe joined in with the Glasgow Rangers title celebrations yesterday with a surprise call to Whites fan James Tavernier.

By Graham Smyth
Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 12:43 pm

Celtic's draw with Dundee United handed Steven Gerrard's men their first Scottish Premiership title in 10 years. Ex Leeds striker Kemar Roofe and Elland Road great Gary McAllister were among the celebrations at Rangers' training ground at Auchenhowie.

McAllister, Gerrard's number two said: "The emotions are racing around my head here. It's been unbelievable. I just think of the long suffering fans, where the club was and where it is now. It's amazing. We came from a long way back and to be crowed champions for the 55th time is very special."

Roofe posted a video on his Instagram page that was reminiscent of the scenes when Leeds captured the Championship title and celebrated in front of fans outside the gates of Elland Road. Current Leeds stars Kalvin Phillips, Tyler Roberts and Luke Ayling all added their congratulations.

And Rangers' Bradford-born captain Tavernier, who spent time in the Leeds academy as a youngster, was treated to a congratulatory call from the man affectionately known as 'The Chief' thanks to South African midfielder Bongani Zungu.

Tavernier posted a screenshot of the call, with the caption: "One of the most memorable nights I will never forget. Then my boy Bongani Zungu surprising me with a call to my hero Lucas Radebe. One of the best days of my life. MOT."

Last summer when Leeds celebrated their own title success, Tavernier simply posted 'Marching on Together' on his Twitter account.

He has previously spoken of his love for his boyhood club, revealing it was difficult to watch brother Marcus play for Middlesbrough against the Whites at Elland Road.

TITLE WINNER - Former Leeds United striker Kemar Roofe is celebrating a Scottish Premiership title with Glasgow Rangers. Pic: Getty

He said: “I went down to watch him play against Leeds, but that was a bit of a hard one for me because I’m a Leeds fan and was sitting in the Leeds end!

“When I told Marcus I was going in the Leeds end I think he expected it because he knows what I’m like with Leeds. My mum wasn’t in the away end at Elland Road either as she’s a Leeds fan too."

Tavernier has scored 17 goals from full-back for Rangers this season, adding 15 assists, while Roofe, who left Leeds in August 2019, has hit the net a dozen times.