James Tavernier and Borna Barisic might have been the Rangers pairing at full-back for five years now but their influence is still as important.
Under Giovanni van Bronckhorst, they were key components of the famous horsehoe attack and, for all that players might have changed around them, there is no escaping that Michael Beale sees them as being just as important.
Rangers still rely on Tavernier and Barisic
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Seven goal contributions between two full backs in six games is an incredible return and continues to show Rangers reliance on the experienced pair.
Neither player are quite as dynamic as they used to be, however, it’s clear that they are still key components of Michael Beale’s master plan.
Calls for Tavernier and Barisic to be replaced because of defensive frailties have to be balanced with what they continue to offer at the other end of the park.
What Beale has to establish is though, is what games that they can be rested or rotated because of the two we have sitting on the bench.
James Tavernier will always get himself into good positions and the one thing that Borna Barisic will guarantee is good delivery from open play for Rangers.
Having the right combination of players in front of them is the most important factor so that they aren’t isolated in defence and can still get over the half-way line.