For years we’ve complained about James Tavernier being captain, and for years you have too. It’s been one of the most unpopular calls in recent times that our manager has made, and fans have regularly been outraged by how unsuited the ex-Wigan man is for wearing the armband.
But guess what – this season James Tavernier has started to live up to the role, and is starting to lead properly.
Today he was on everything, corners, penalties, and even closing down the Motherwell stopper.
He was leading like a captain does, and he even looked more vocal, as he has mostly the whole campaign so far.
While we don’t and never will see James Tavernier as a Gough, Butcher, Ferguson or even an Amo, he’s starting to be his own kind of captain and his performances this season have justified it too.
It may well have taken him practically three years to truly get comfortable with being Rangers’ leader on the pitch, but there’s a lot less doubt now about his suitability for the role.
He won’t be like one of the titans we mentioned earlier, but then, aside that legomuncher over on the other side of the city, how many captains of the big clubs in Europe actually have a colossus as their captain?
Harry Maguire at Utd, Fernandinho at City, Azpilicueta at Chelsea – it’s not the same as the Keanes, the Kompanies, the Terries and indeed our own Ferguson et al – it’s a different world now where a bunch of players are expected to be captains and not just one overall goliath.
Because Tav isn’t one of those, nor will ever be one, but he is clearly being much more of a leader now than he used to be.
And it may be another reason Rangers actually look the part this campaign.
Took a long time, but we might just have a worthy captain at long last.