Rangers captain James Tavernier has come under heavy fire for his role in the Scottish Cup defeat to Hearts which all but ends the Ibrox club’s domestic season.

With Rangers 12 points off the pace in the Scottish Premiership and having failed to land the Betfred Cup, the Scottish Cup appeared Steven Gerrard’s last realistic chance of silverware.

But when the Liverpool gaffer needed his big players to step up and be counted, the likes of club captain Tavernier failed to stand up to the challenge.

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Rangers fans are questioning Ibrox defender James Tavernier’s suitability as captain after he has overseen yet another domestic season’s collapse. (Photo by MIGUEL RIOPA / AFP) (Photo by MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP via Getty Images)

Whilst absolutely none of the players on the park were at the races, it was Tavernier’s short header back to Allan McGregor which allowed Hearts in to score the solitary goal in the 1-0 defeat.

A mistake which could’ve happened to any player, Rangers fans are frustrated that this seems to be a regular occurrence for James Tavernier.

More than that, for the captain to be routinely selling the jerseys, Tav has once again brought into question his suitability as skipper.

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Whilst there’s no doubt Steven Gerrard and his backroom team deserve the swell of criticism for their predictable and complacent tactics, the job still has to be done by the XI on the pitch.

James Tavernier accepted the responsibility of captain. He has to rise to the challenge of it.

Tavernier has to set the right example and that begins by cutting out these recurring mistakes at the back.

These Rangers fans are beginning to doubt that the former Newcastle United full-back has it in him to handle the Ibrox captaincy:

 

Whilst Tavernier undoubtedly deserves criticism for his performance in the defeat to Hearts, the Rangers skipper wasn’t the only player not at the races.

But should we demand more from the player wearing the armband when the chips are down?

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