The pressure continues to build behind Rangers captain James Tavernier for a string of poor Gers performances.
The Ibrox club’s support gunned for the Rangers captain for an individual error in the 1-0 Scottish Cup defeat to Hearts, and the wing-back was at fault again for the goal in the 1-0 defeat to Hamilton.
But now Rangers fans have been directing their anger towards the Ibrox captain for comments he made in the pre-match programme before the Hamilton match at Ibrox.
These comments are in the match programme tonight from Rangers Captain James Tavernier. No wonder we’re the mess we are. If the badge on the chest is too heavy you have no place at our club. pic.twitter.com/RU7l9hWsJ9
— BMC Rangers Rants (@BMCRangersRants) March 4, 2020
This excerpt from Tavernier’s programme notes has been particularly grating on the Ibrox support.
“Whenever anybody puts a bit of pressure on us in Scotland or gets in our face it seems to affect us too much,” writes Tavernier.
“At the start of the season when teams dropped off us and we were scoring four or fives goals, but now they smell blood straight away and it puts us under pressure.
“We are not good enough domestically at the minute to react to that.”
This is the Rangers captain, in a special message to the club’s support, seeking to comfort them amid their season’s complete and utter collapse.
Whilst there might be more than a smidgen of truth to the comments what an immensely ill-judged set of comments to put to the fans.
No wonder many of them are absolutely fuming on Twitter:
let the lad know its going to be a lot worse after tonite , total fighting talk by the skipper there , couldnt see greig , gough etc writing that , cant quite believe that tbh
— 55s a coming (@scottishimage) March 4, 2020
Surely not? What page in the programme? 🤦🏻♂️
— Starky (@johninjapan1) March 4, 2020
As long as we have a captain with the mentality of Tavernier we will win nothing.
His comments in last nights programme tells me everything I needed to know.
Totally and utterly unacceptable from a Rangers player never mind Rangers captain. Pathetic.
— 🇬🇧Union Jackie🇬🇧 (@Jackie1872) March 5, 2020
Hate to throw players under the bus but Tavernier absolutely deserves it tonight!
• Comments in Matchday Programme
• Reaction to this goal
• Abandoning the team
All against the bottom of the league side. He deserves to be stripped of the captiancy. https://t.co/96EPhcHOXa
— ℛangers ℛadio (@RangersRadioRFC) March 5, 2020
James Tavernier is good enough to play for Rangers and is the best RB at the club. It has been long suspected that the burden of the captaincy has influenced his performance levels. After reading his notes from last night he has shown Gerrard what his first action should be.
— Craig Skinner (@craigskinner8) March 5, 2020
100 percent. Tav is getting it more for his general performance, lack of leadership and pre march programme notes.
— TheBlueSaint (@JJM1872) March 5, 2020
No even shocked at what Tav wrote in his programme notes. Serial loser and never a Rangers captain.
— Calum (@CalumMorris1) March 4, 2020
I agree with the programme issue. I also appreciate what Tav brings to the team, but that is inexcusable. This is the first time I feel like maybe he isnt cut out for life at Rangers and needs to move on
— Chaotic Christmas (@Cold_Fury1872) March 5, 2020
Tav’s comments in the match programme have done him no favours. I’ve never been a Tav hater, and I’m still not a hater but those comments have convinced me he’s not a captain. Alfie looked sharper last night and he did link well with Kamberi. Hope that can be built on.
— Razza (@The_Razza) March 5, 2020
poor words of Tav but who within the media side who run the programme though printing that was a good idea🤷🏻♂️
— Scott Cameron (@Cammy26_2) March 5, 2020
Trying hard to decide which angers me most, the performance last night or Tav's capitulation in the programme last night. Then I realised both are probably intrinsically linked.
— D'Artagnan (@4thProtocol) March 5, 2020
Tav’s comments in tonight’s programme?!
This is NOT the mentality of a team captain.
Defeated before we’ve even kicked a ball! pic.twitter.com/M5qve8DD6T
— Lesley 🏴🇬🇧 (@LCLC1969) March 4, 2020
Even if there are some defending the under-fire Rangers skipper:
Just my opinion but the Tav abuse is OTT & tiresome. He's a convenient lightning rod at the moment. The programme notes are indefensible in print but the truth in private. He is integral to our team and if/when we recover form he will be central to it. Or you can have Flanagan
— Ahcumfaegovan (@bobmcphail) March 5, 2020
Bizarre reactions to Tav’s program notes. Nothing he said is untrue.
— Craig Murdoch (@craigmurdoch11) March 5, 2020
When the entire team is stumbling, you’re looking for your leaders in the side to take responsibility and change things on the park.
Tavernier was at fault for Hamilton’s goal, if not as much as Connor Goldson, with both players positioned as leaders within the side.
What chance have you got if those players you’re relying on the most are the ones consistently shooting the side in the foot?