Rangers skipper James Tavernier “deserves credit” for shrugging off the Ibrox boo boys after some disappointing performances, according to ex-Rangers star Hugh Burns.
Burns admits that it has “killed a few” Gers players’ careers in the past and saw first-hand how tight Tav would get it from fans after some poor showings last season.
Since fans have been locked out as a result of Covid, Burns believes Tavernier has really benefited from not having fants “srutinising his every move.”
“There were games last season when Tavernier was undoubtedly a scapegoat for the supporters,” Burns told the Scottish Sun.
“When I was doing matches for Rangers TV I’d watch him trudging off the pitch with round shoulders.
“He was going off knowing he hadn’t played well, which you never like to see. I could hear some of the shouts directed at him from the enclosure and they were pretty horrible.
“Stuff like that has killed a few Rangers players’ careers, so he deserves credit for getting through it.
“The pandemic arrived and games were suddenly being played behind closed doors. He wasn’t having 50,000 people scrutinising his every move.
“I think having no fans there is helping some players and affecting others badly. But Tav is one it’s probably benefitting.”
Whatever the reason for Tav’s form, he has been simply unplayable for long spells of this season, continuing to rack up phenomenal numbers.
The Ibrox captain has led the way for Steven Gerrard’s side and is surely already the front-runner for the Player of the Year awards already.
While it’s maybe a bit simplistic to say not having fans has really helped Tavernier, there is a willingness there to take risks that the Ibrox crowd would quickly groan out of existence if fans were allowed in.