Outrage over club announcement – fans aren’t happy


As Rangers fans will know the club announced the POTY nominations a day or two ago, and while four of the candidates were, to varying levels, legitimate contenders, the reaction from ourselves and our fellow fans to the fifth inclusion really did scream of a club out of touch with a portion of its support.

Don’t get us wrong, James Tavernier hasn’t been absolute garbage this season – indeed, he even had a decent spell earlier this year where his defending and attacking were both looking quite solid for once.

But therein lies the problem – ‘for once’. How could Tavernier be included with a straight face in this competition?

We look at the case for? He has goals and assist, and a lot of both. There is no argument on our part over the assists – 11 assists in the league tells its own story – he tops the SPL in that regard. He definitely plays a huge part in getting goals for his team mates. And of course, 11 goals too, which is, for a right back, a stunning return. But the caveat? Most of them are penalties.

But nevertheless, there’s certainly a case for his stats at the least.

But the negative reaction to his being among the nominations rather shows that his numbers don’t seem to mean enough to supporters – that his general game and quality and overall form have not been justifying enough to put him among these names.

It’s a paradox – 22 domestic assists and goals all season really should force the conclusion of his legitimacy for this, but the reality is his form overall just hasn’t lived up to what those numbers should suggest we see.

And plus his inclusion is clearly at someone else’s expense. More on that later…

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  1. Never been a Tav fan,if it was up to me he'd be gone long ago,a defender who cant defend🤔🤔🤔

  2. Truth is, if you want the best out of Tavernier, you play 3-5-2 system. Leaves him free to mainly attack with a little defensive support.
    This could work for us, except we have loaded up on wingers. Play McCrorie as 3rd CB, Tav/Hastie/Atakayi and Kent/Middleton with CDM and 2 AMs then 2 up front.
    Good attacking formation

  3. I agree Tav hasn't been good enough this season but his stats remain impressive and it's hard to deny that. Seems to name that much of the disappointment with him is his performance as a captain and as a right back. The captain issue is easily resolved by removing the armband but to give it to who? Playing him as a right midfield should do no damage to his stats but removes the defensive responsibilities. Maybe that could work.

  4. He is never a Rangers captain. He has also been responsible for a lot of goals against us since he came to Rangers. Another who is complacent knowing he is a guaranteed pick in every game!

  5. Get a grip!! If you actually understood football and watched the latest setup, Jack is dropping into the right back area to try and release him. Is that his fault or the fault of a manager that constantly blames his players until he can't hide anymore behind his failed tactics? Tav goes in a years time you'll wish he was there? Maybe Polstor can be maybe the solution?

  6. Tavernier is one of the reasons we are as high in the league like Morelos therefore he should be. He's the 3rd most important player in that team after Arfield and Morelos. 17 assists in all competitions. Imagine what would happen to Morelos if he was sold. Majority of his goals come from Tav that's fact. 17 assists. 17.

    Our fans are just the worst sometimes but anyway 1100 votes and it's 50/50 so a lot agree he should be recognised. His 14 goals are no bad as well least he has the baws to hit penalties.

  7. Tav is our second top goalscorer. You can argue that almost all his goals are from penalties, but the fact is that a goal from a penalty is worth just as much as a goal from anywhere else. With the exception of the two penalties he recently missed, the vast majority of the penalties he has taken have been excellent.
    His defending is most definitely not his strength, although he has improved this season compared to previous seasons. His forward play and crossing is usually good quality, add that to the goals he has scored and he definitely deserves to be nominated as POTY.
    No chance he will win it, that award will go to Alfredo although McGregor will probably give him a run for his money.

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