James Tavernier’s captaincy has split Rangers fans since the moment it was announced by Gers boss Steven Gerrard has explained a bit more about why he gave Tav the armband – and why he’s still the perfect man to wear it.
Gerrard admits that the right-back isn’t the prototypical captain who bawls and shouts at players, similar to Gerrard himself as a player and captain, but instead, it is the levels Tavernier consistently brings to games and training.
The skipper rarely misses a game – missing 11 of the 236 played since he signed for the club – and Gerrard believes that is more important than bawling and shouting.
“He is a captain who is there for you in every single game and training session,” Gerrard said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“He is probably not your natural captain in terms of vocals or noise, which isn’t important for me.
“It’s about the standards and the levels you set on a daily basis and in the games. That’s what’s important to me. Normally if you do that then the rest will follow.”
The bulk of the games Tavernier has missed have been against lower league opposition and has typically been to give the former Wigan and Newcastle defender a rest.
With 225 games under his belt, chipping in 46 goals and 70 assists in that time, it is clear just how important a part of the side Tavernier is under Gerrard.
While there are always going to be those unhappy with him as Rangers captain, it’s hard to argue with Gerrard’s logic given his own experience as a captain of a European Cup-winning side.