Rangers’ assistant manager Gary McAllister has thrown his support behind under-fire club captain James Tavernier and insists the Yorkshireman is the man to lead this Ibrox side.
The former Leeds United and Scotland captain knows what it takes to lead a team under pressure and has talked up the “key” role Tav plays for Steven Gerrard’s side.
Tavernier was heavily criticised last season for a spate of high-profile mistakes and for comments he made about the side’s mentality in the second half of the season.
“We trust the captain. He plays a massive part in that and I like that he takes on that responsibility,” said McAllister [Daily Record].
“We do ask him to go and go and over the piece, he’s a good captain.
“He’s available the entire time. He’s set some very high standards in terms of goalscoring and assists. You look at his numbers and what he provides for us and he’s a key player.”
These comments cement Tavernier’s place as captain with his role at the club being hotly debated by supporters prior to and going into the break.
Everything from Morelos taking THAT penalty in the Betfred Cup Final to high profile mistakes in Europe and at Tynecastle had fans questioning the former Newcastle United full-back’s mentality.
The entire thing was made worse by comments that were printed in the Rangers programme concerning the entire team’s mentality before a 1-0 Ibrox defeat to Hamilton.
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
“Whenever anybody puts a bit of pressure on us in Scotland or gets in our face it seems to affect us too much,” wrote 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.”
The role of Rangers captain can be a particularly heavy one when things aren’t going right and the pressure is now on James Tavernier more than ever to prove he has the mettle to be the main man at Ibrox.
McAllister, Gerrard, and everyone behind the scenes are clearly behind the former Wigan man who is undoubtedly one of the club’s most consistent performers.
But Tav may well have to win back some supporters after a rocky end to a season which had initially promised so much.