Friday, 4 October 2019

"Poor decision" - is it time for it to be reversed?

After James Tavernier’s hideous performance last night, a number of supporters have called for his head as captain.

And, let’s be fair, he’s no more a captain than yours truly is an astronaut.

With Ryan Jack, fast becoming a true leader in midfield, off injured last night, the stage was set for a guy like Tavernier to step up to the plate, lead by example and puff up his chest.

Instead he made hapless decisions, got caught out of position repeatedly, and led nothing.

We were always against Tavernier as captain – we’ve let it slide over the past 12 months – no point banging a drum constantly.

But this was a poor, poor decision from the manager who made it based on Tav being temporary captain following the shambles of about four in a row under Pedro, Murty and Warburton.

Gerrard just stuck with him, even though he’d already signed two infinitely superior candidates (McGregor and Arfield) and Rangers have had to look up to a player who simply isn’t a captain.

Last night was his time to roll up those sleeves and show what a leader he was – instead he made a pile of errors and showed he’s not fit to wear the armband and never was.

This is not to be unreasonable – we are not wanting James Tavernier hung. On most of his days he’s a dynamic, impressive and speedy fullback who provides countless width and a fine outlet.

But unfortunately he’s both not a captain, and immune to being benched.

Rangers have a bunch of leaders in our team – Ryan Jack, Steven Davis, Scott Arfield and Allan McGregor to name but four.

That Tavernier is the captain and Connor Goldson the vice demonstrates everything that’s wrong with that particular area of the team.

We’d love it to be changed.

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