BT Sport pundit Ally McCoist has hammered Rangers defenders Connor Goldson and James Tavenier following Sunday’s victory over Hamilton.
The Gers emerged 3-1 winners courtesy of an early strike from Ryan Jack and a brace from Ryan Kent, but it was a well below-par display.
Several players were guilty of statuesque defending for the Hamilton goal, while a complacent piece of play from Goldson almost led to a second Accies equaliser just after the hour mark.
“If Tavernier and Goldson defend like that against Celtic, Rangers can forget about it,” McCoist said on BT Sport immediately after the game.
“The ball in from Goldson is poor, but where he ends up is bordering on ridiculous,” he said when discussing one of several lapses in the second half. “Now, if it’s a bad pass, fair enough, we all make bad passes. But, the centre-half can’t put himself out of the game with a pass forwards.”
The Gers legend then moved to criticise captain, James Tavernier, for poor positioning and decision-making.
“The really disappointing thing about Tavernier is that we’re having this conversation every second or third week. He’s a right back, your initial job is to defend.”
“I love him going forward…but your first job is to defend and he’s not good enough at that at this moment in time.”
These are scathing words from McCoist but it’s difficult to argue with much of what he said based on today’s display.
The Gers were up against an extremely limited Hamilton side and looked vulnerable every time the hosts mounted an attack.
It was a poor outing for the back four as a whole, but Goldson and Tavernier were particularly below-par.
Having kept four clean sheets in a row before today’s game, the lack of cohesion was a major surprise and there’s no doubt that against a better side the defensive lapses would have been punished.
While you’re here, why not check out our Player Ratings from today’s win, which don’t make for good reading for the skipper or his second in command.