Rotherham United: Millers ace and his dance craze

James Tavernier and Haris Vuckic celebrate
James Tavernier and Haris Vuckic celebrate
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James Tavernier has explained what’s behind the unusual goal celebration dance with his Rotherham United colleague Haris Vuckic.

“It stems from us playing on FIFA Soccer together and there are lots of celebrations to pick from and I picked that one,” said Tavernier who, like Vuckic, is on loan from Newcastle United.

“We did it first when Haris scored last week and I thought we’d get a bit more practice in when I scored the first goal on Saturday. It’s a bit different I suppose.”

Tavernier also said his wife had predicted he would score two goals last Saturday... “I don’t know whether she’s a bit psychic or what but she was getting out of the car and she said I’d score two goals. That’s not bad considering I’m playing at full back.”

It was the fifth goal of Tavernier’s loan spell and he says it is the best loan spell he’s been on - and he’s previously been on loan at Gateshead, Carlisle, Wednesday, MK Dons and Shrewsbury.

“I’m really enjoying it here and playing a lot more games than I’ve ever done.

“When I first played here and saw the stadium I thought ‘this will be a great experience’ and that’s been the case. It has really helped my career and I’ve shown what I can do.

“They are a great group of lads here and the manager puts faith in us and we are playing with more and more confidence which is good.

“We are currently on a great run and you can see that confidence throughout the side but it won’t become over-confidence, the gaffer will ensure we keep our feet on the ground.”

He says they’ll continue to look up but acknowledges they are outsiders.

“I hope we can keep winning and then you want others to lose or draw,” he said. “We’ve certainly given it a go and will keep doing so.”

On his future, the 22-year-old said he still has a year left on his contract at Newcastle and was only concentrating on his next game with the Millers.