Today’s stomping of Hibs gave short shrift of Rangers’ recent huff and puff outings, with a convincing demolition of a side strongly fancied to hurt the SPL this season.
Several men were standout, but in this piece we wish to focus on a very intriguing dynamic which points to the legacy of Mark Warburton, Pedro Caixinha and our very own Steven Gerrard:
James Tavernier, Ryan Jack and Connor Goldson.
Whether the form is consistent among these three or not, and sometimes they will have weaker matches, Tav, Jack and Goldson have become the core spine of this Rangers team – and interestingly each of them was signed by a different manager.
Tavernier of course came in at the start of Bread Man’s era, in 2015, while Jack arrived under the bold Pedro two years later, only for Goldson to show up one season more advanced under Stevie.
And those three have basically become the core fundamental spine of this team, and who seem to play, at a distance, the most minutes.
Goldson has not missed a single match this season, playing most of the friendlies too, while Tavernier and Jack have been in attendance for the majority as well.
Those three, the legacies of three different managers, have become the cornerstone for Rangers – the trio around which the whole side seems to be built. For all the rotation we see under Stevie, the three players who get benched the least are these ones, and it appears the manager relies implicitly on them as leaders – while Tavernier has the armband, Goldson is seen as the central leader, while former Aberdeen captain Jack is another major captain in the middle.
Time will probably see the outstanding Steven Davis join these ranks, but for now the Tav, Jack and Goldson group is the building block of this Rangers side. All the product of three different managers.
If the performance against Hibs is to be taken seriously, it’s a building block going places. And at least Warbs and Pedro left us with a couple of useful bits and bobs…