Rangers clip suggests yet another key Ibrox star carrying injury


Rangers clip suggests yet another key Ibrox star carrying injury

Ibrox footage of Rangers captain James Tavernier warming up for the club’s vital Premiership win over Motherwell appeared to show the right-back struggling with injury.

The Gers are in the midst of an injury crisis at present with a range of high-earning first-teamers on the treatment table with the thought of losing the Ibrox skipper a painful one.

But the clip showed the Rangers team being put through their paces ahead of the eventual 2-1 victory away to Motherwell with James Tavernier wincing as if he was carrying an injury.

Despite this, James Tavernier played the full 90 minutes against Motherwell at Fir Park and even flicked the ball to Malik Tillman for the USA international’s stunning opener.

However, there can be absolutely no suggestion the ordinarily relentless Rangers skipper is playing at the top of his game with James Tavernier not quite as mobile as he has been for the club down the right in recent seasons.

On top of that, Rangers aren’t quite getting the legendary output of previous seasons and something is clearly wrong with the player based on what they can see from him on the pitch.

Injury questions surround Rangers captain James Tavernier

Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst claimed after the 4-0 humiliation at the hands of Celtic that James Tavernier was carrying an injury and even hooked the Ibrox skipper at halftime of the 4-0 defeat to Ajax.

But it appears there is a complaint persisting and the entire thing has Rangers fans questioning the club’s transfer activity over the summer.

The Gers allowed Polish youth international right-back Matesuz Zukowski to go on loan to Lech Poznan in his homeland whilst young Scottish right-back Adam Devine was handed a new contract.

But if the 19-year-old defender is not yet ready to play even when James Tavernier is carrying an injury, it raises major questions about the options the club has in the position.

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An injury blow to James Tavernier is potentially heartbreaking for Rangers who are already with Connor Goldson, Ryan Jack, Filip Helander, John Souttar, Tom Lawrence and Ianis Hagi until at least after the World Cup.

First-teamers Kemar Roofe and Alex Lowry are also yet to play a first-team game for the club this season due to injury.

Meanwhile, it appears the Ibrox directorate have made their minds up amid much talk surrounding Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s future.