After a series of disappointing results in recent weeks, one player in particular has faced heavy criticism from the fans. James Tavernier.
The Rangers captain has over 125 league appearances for the Gers. Yet, he frequently comes under fire when the team isn’t winning.
Steven Gerrard is clearly a big fan. He made Tav his club captain at the beginning of the season and he has played every league game to date, a testament to his fitness.
From right-back, he has already contributed six goals (mainly penalties) and an incredible seven assists so far this season. The latter total represents a considerably better return than any other Rangers player.
However, of late, while he can’t take sole responsibility for the team’s issues in front of goal, his performance levels have dipped.
His deliveries from corners and set pieces can be superb. Yet, in the last few games, most of his crosses have failed to beat the first man.
It could be down to fatigue. He spends each and every game bombing down the right side and has played nearly every minute of Rangers’ season so far.
But, the winter break is now in sight and Rangers need their captain to stand up tomorrow. While the Gers have a good record against the Saints, they will be no pushovers.
It might take an impeccable Tav cross to get Rangers up and running.
If he can rediscover something like his best form tomorrow, the criticism will subside, along with the calls for him to give up the armband. At least, for the time being.