Steven Gerrard is certainly getting it in the neck following yesterday’s dismal performance and result v Aberdeen, compounded by Celtic getting the job done to the tune of 4-1 over Hamilton, albeit a man up.
And one of the strangest moments we have to say was his inexplicable decision to waste a substitute position by putting James Tavernier on the bench, despite the captain’s unavailability.
Tav has only been on the bench a handful of times in the shirt, as a result of being rested, but this time was a desire on the manager’s part to get him ‘back in the group’ again, at the cost of someone who’s fit.
Jordan Jones, for example, failed to make the squad as a result of this, not to mention Jake Hastie, and instead Tavernier and the hapless Brandon Barker instead made up two of the seven subs.
We were perplexed by this – why waste a sub position, excluding two attacking players, including at least one of whom you declare you want to get minutes back at Rangers, with a player who can’t play?
We had no objection when he did this with Jamie Murphy at East Fife last season, because that was only East Fife and he was certainly fit – and Stevie declared he certainly wanted to get the winger back in the group again.
But as we say, he was at least available.
Why Tavernier took up a space when he wasn’t seems, to us, a touch strange.