With James Tavernier publicly proclaiming his desire to be new Rangers captain, there are a number of issues which arise as a result.
He, along with Jason Holt and Russell Martin are the three to most recently announce their pride and honour (and intention) when it comes to the captaincy, and it looks just a little like a number of candidates throwing their hats in the ring for the job.
Normally the captaincy issue is nowhere near as tabloid as this, with the manager quietly selecting his man, but as we know, Rangers work to different rules to everyone else and get judged differently too.
So what is the problem?
Well, here is what Tavernier said:
“When I first came here it was always something I possibly want to do, captain Rangers and what a great honour that would be and I have had the chance to do that now.”
This can be interpreted two ways; Tavernier just stating that he got to be captain, enjoyed it, and that is it for him, or Tavernier proclaiming his intention, quietly, to do the gig permanently.
The problem with all of this, whether it be Tav or anyone else, is the often-overlooked aspect that we do actually have a captain already called Lee Wallace. Declan John’s form and Wallace’s injury seem to have created a false reality where Wallace has been relieved of the armband without getting much of a say.
Naturally others have to fill in while he is unavailable, but when he is fit again, does he just have to accept he is no longer captain?
Do not get us wrong; we have long-advocated that John’s form leaves him as sure fire first choice LB. He has had the occasional poor game of course, but he has been excellent this season and frequently gets overlooked when it comes to rating Rangers’ best players.
So even getting his place back could be a challenge for Wallace. And rightly – we should always pick the best and most in form players.
But we do find something a little dodgy about all these players talking about a position we already have filled. No one has even mentioned the club captain while discussing their own little spell in the role, and that for us is a lack of respect to a guy who sacrificed so much.
Has Wallace been a great captain? Probably not the best we have had, no, but he certainly has not let his club down and does not deserve this mild insurrection over the armband.
We do hope this does not become a massive elephant in Graeme Murty’s room.