Bitter irony over key injury – Tavernier will be gutted

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Rangers' James Tavernier grimaces after an injury during the UEFA Europa League football match between Antwerp FC and Glasgow Rangers FC in Antwerp on February 18, 2021. (Photo by DIRK WAEM / BELGA / AFP) / Belgium OUT (Photo by DIRK WAEM/BELGA/AFP via Getty Images)

If there’s a huge ‘tragedy’ with Rangers’ 55, and we do use that word loosely, it’s the crying shame that James Tavernier, who’s been with us for so much of this Journey, including as captain, will almost certainly not play for Rangers as we make the title mathematic.

Yes, he will lift the trophy when it’s awarded, but equally his chances of playing in the match in which it presented are very touch and go.

And that’s really bitter for him.

No one has been there for Rangers more in the past 5+ years than Tavernier – sure we can argue all day about how good a captain he is, and how vocal he’s been, but in the season of his life in which he’s been a European standout with a value into the £30M+ range, it’s a real drag that this is the time he’s fated with a bad injury destined to keep him sidelined at the most critical point of the season.

It’s just cruel irony yet again, following the Nathan Patterson shambles as well.

Tavernier’s contribution won’t be forgotten, but it’s far from a foregone conclusion that he can even play again this season, but we hope he can, and that he gets to lift 55 as a player and not an injury.