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.
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.
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:
Ok get Tavernier stripped of the captaincy, give it to McGregor, back to the basics of defending in training because that is shambolic for a Rangers defence to be play like that.
We're not winning any silverware for a long long time like this. So get used to 10 11 12… in a row
— Rangers Chat (@RangersChat1873) February 29, 2020
James Tavernier….a Glasgow Rangers captain who is a serial looser. That’s a state we’ve found ourselves in. Heartbreaking.
— 🇬🇧 cozy1872 🇬🇧 (@cozy1873) February 29, 2020
Big changes needed I'm starting With Tavernier he's been with us 5 years every time the going gets tough he bottles it.
— Robert Watt (@Rabwatt2015) February 29, 2020
@James_Tavernier show this to the whole squad, we have no compassion and no pride from where we are.
Quadruple Treble handed to Celtic. https://t.co/JXdnXxQQ4q
— ☮️ and Jam (@CaesarKnewToo) February 29, 2020
To many of the players are not good enough to play for rangers . Plus Tavernier is never a captain
— Andywright23 (@Andywright231) February 29, 2020
Can’t defend anyone tonight. Morelos with his off the field antics, Tavernier selling us out with McGregor included in that goal.
Whole midfield a bombscare, whole defence a bombscare.
I can’t take this team anymore honestly, it’s impossible to defend this.
— 𝔖𝔠𝔬𝔱𝔱 𝔅𝔞𝔯𝔦𝔰𝔦𝔠 🇭🇷 (@RakoTuke) February 29, 2020
Backed Tavernier to hilt when he was getting slaughtered, but that was one of his poorest performance in our strip.
— douglas hannah (@64doogz) February 29, 2020
Tavernier up there with the worst player to have the captains armband for rangers absolutely never captain material and never will be!
— CammyWhitelaw (@CamWhitelaw18) February 29, 2020
Sometimes I wonder what goes through Tavernier’s head when he’s defending
— Cameron McIver (@cameronmciver1) February 29, 2020
Rangers Football Club with James Tavernier as captain will win nothing.
— Steven (@SMXV8) February 29, 2020
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?