James Tavernier and his form dip…

James Tavernier and his form dip…
ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 10: James Tavernier of Rangers warms up prior to the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Aberdeen and Rangers at Pittodrie Stadium on January 10, 2021 in Aberdeen, Scotland. Sporting stadiums around Scotland remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

With all the sheer volley of ammo from Parkhead, and the 9 years of abuse they put us through, it’s been far too easy to take aim at things over there, and we make no apology for doing so.

Are we obsessed? No – but the shoe is on the other foot now following a decade of vitriol and it is us Rangers who can look down on Celtic and point the finger.

However, it doesn’t make us less interested in talking about the Famous, about our club, about the stunning job we’re doing, and with that in mind, we want to have a look at the current rumblings about James Tavernier, and the fact that, yes, he’s having a form dip.

If there was a better performer in Europe based on pure form in the UK and maybe even the majority of Europe than Tavernier, we’d like to know who it is.

The Englishman’s displays were ridiculous, and they legitimately made him into a multi-million star. That kind of form was well into the £30M region.

However, ever since (and including) our 3-1 win v Motherwell (and that ugly opening goal by the visitors), Tavernier hasn’t registered a single assist or goal with only 5 shots (just one on target) in the last 6 matches.

There is little doubt our captain, having hit heights this season he could never have dreamed of, heights which put him into the stratosphere of performance, has now come back to earth a bit.

He got lambasted for Aberdeen’s goal, completely unfairly, by fickle fans keen to scapegoat him again, when the system was to ‘blame’.

And he will get his form back, when his body is ready to fully perform again.

These guys are human – they cannot keep up crazy level of performance long term, there has to be a come down.

And Tavernier is having his dip.

He has not let us down nor performed poorly, he just hasn’t hit those previous heights.

And that’s absolutely fine.

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  1. I think you can trace Tavernier’s form dip back to the Lech Poznan game at Ibrox and I think it happened by accident. Lech were particularly strong down the left side and cost us problems early on resulting in Tavernier being pinned back in the first half. Standard Liege clearly saw this and tactically set up to pin our full backs back and it worked for large parts of the game.
    Then I think Scottish teams cottoned onto this and have been deploying the same tactics, notably St Mirren, Motherwell and Ceptic to some degree of success resulting in Tavernier being unable to be as cavalier as he has been earlier in the season. So not so much a form dip but more to do with opposing tactics. It’s now up to Gerrard to find a way to exploit opponents deploying players to stop our full backs pushing forward.

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