Rangers dropped points away to Hearts, losing their place at the top of the Scottish Premiership in the process after James Tavernier gifted Hearts an opener at Tynecastle.

Celtic might only be top by a goal after Rangers diabolical performance in the 1-1 draw with Hearts, but it’s enough to hand the momentum back to our Old Firm rivals.

Make no mistake, this was a huge two points dropped and a considerable opportunity missed. And Rangers captain James Tavernier is taking the brunt of it due to his woeful performance.

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The Rangers captain – the player who is supposed to be driving this side on to compete, to win matches and to win trophies – sold the jerseys once again.

Following on from his Young Boys catastrophe, the whole penalty-taking fiasco and the fact that the wingback has seemingly lost his ability to pass or cross a ball, it’s been a woeful season for Tav.

James Tavernier is arguably having his worst season as a Rangers player – in the season where we need him most. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The entire team was incredibly poor today, and there’s an argument here that Tavernier is being routinely scapegoated.

But for me, it’s a weak one. James Tavernier is consistently letting us down at the moment and something has to be done about it.

Many Rangers fans are calling for the right-back to be dropped.

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When Tavernier makes a mistake, it seems to affect his entire performance. After gifting Hearts the opener, he struggled to even string a pass together, even if he did consistently demand the ball.

His crossing – once described as “world-class” by Mark Warburton [Open Goal] – was too short, too long or just too bad to ever influence the match.

Whatever happens next, James Tavernier has got to tighten up and learn from this. There is growing frustration with him amongst the fans. (Photo by Lars Ronbog / FrontZoneSport via Getty Images)

Some of the balls he put into the box in good positions were utterly criminal.

Tav’s woeful performance was just part of the reason we dropped two points today but do you agree that the Gers captain needs dropped?

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