After Wednesday night’s defeat at Kilmarnock, Steven Gerrard and Joe Worrall came in for stinging criticism.
Gerrard, was lambasted for his post-match comments. Worrall, for a howler which swung momentum firmly towards the home side.
Few of the players covered themselves in glory at Rugby Park.
James Tavernier, as usual, took a lot of stick.
In his post-match interview, he looked a little shell shocked by the result, and labelled the performance “embarrassing.”
“We can’t perform like that tonight, when we put in a performance three weeks ago against Celtic, the way we did”, he told RangersTV.
The skipper himself was outstanding in the Old Firm.
Yet, on Wednesday night, he struggled to get involved in the game as much as usual.
Without the presence of Daniel Candeias on the right flank, it was incumbent upon Tav to get forward.
That was only something he managed with regularity in the first 20 minutes and in the closing stages.
It’s fair to say many fans weren’t happy and they made their feelings clear on Twitter.
Put this guy next to Richard Gough, Barry Ferguson & previous other Rangers captains, I think we’ll just leave it there..
— KAS72 (@kevshenton) January 23, 2019
Tavernier seems to me like a player who is already in a much better position than he ever thought possible. And that’s good enough for him. I don’t think he (and others) really believe they can do any better. I don’t think he has the belief that he can win the league with Rangers
— Willy (@wmwscgbm87) January 23, 2019
Tav has got to look at himself and wonder if he is Captain material. No motivation from him most games but anonymous tonight.
Only players that got any pass marks tonight(just) were Morelos and Kent. Rest of the team was gash.
— Douglas Thorburn (@dthorb1975) January 23, 2019
I stopped at ‘embarrassing performance from us ‘. Tbh Heard it TOO many times from our AHEM CAPTAIN
— David boyd (@IBoyd1966) January 23, 2019
Never a captain
— Jordo (@jordy21389) January 23, 2019
Once again, I can’t help but feel this is all a little harsh.
The guy was superb in the previous outing and has outstanding stats for a full-back.
Sure, he wasn’t great last night, but he wasn’t the worst out there.
A poor team performance doesn’t make him a terrible skipper.
The odd Bear out there, seems to agree.
Ahh the classic let's blame Tav after a defeat card. Get a grip 😂
— Andrew McKenzie (@amckenzie54) January 23, 2019