Shock Tavernier reveal may stun some Rangers fans

Shock Tavernier reveal may stun some Rangers fans
25th September 2021 Dens Park, Dundee, Scotland: Scottish Premiership football, Dundee versus Rangers James Tavernier of Rangers PUBLICATIONxNOTxINxUK ActionPlus12326033 DavidxYoung

If one man got it more in the neck than many yesterday, it was James Tavernier.

One gentleman who professed himself a massive Tav fan felt he couldn’t defend the RB any longer after a performance that poor, and given Ibrox Noise haven’t been super flattering of the captain this season either we wanted to look at the facts.

Yes, at layman’s glance Tavernier didn’t appear to excel at Dens Park, but what do the stats say?

Passing level, 81%. Decent.

Key passes, 3. Second highest of the whole team.

Crosses, 10. Accurate, 4. Solid enough.

Long balls, 12. Accurate, 4. Ok.

Tackles, 2. Clearances, 3. Reasonable.

Shots, 1.

Disposessed zero times, and wasted touches? None.

Touches, 93. Second highest behind Bassey at 95.

He also played a vital role in the goal.

Sorry guys, going by the hard facts of the stats, Tavernier didn’t have that bad a game at all.

It wasn’t his greatest all-time display, but the stats, while admittedly not always a full picture of a game of football, nevertheless demonstrate that the captain is still putting a shift in even if it doesn’t look like he is.

Tavernier is a player Rangers fans take completely for granted – the supporters only tend to see mistakes he makes, and the bread and butter stuff he routinely does is completely ignored.

Such as aerial battles. Did you know he was joint top with Aribo for aerials won with 5?

Nathan Patterson is being touted a lot, and the reason is simple – he’s new. Fans are monitoring his play much more than they do Tavernier’s. We’re still discovering Patterson, and all the things he does are being praised in general, because he’s 19 and a youth graduate. He didn’t have his greatest ever match on Wednesday but fans are infinitely more forgiving because he’s not James Tavernier.

What are we saying?

We go with facts, not ‘he wiz p*sh’ from wee Rabbie on Facebook. And the facts reveal Tav isn’t half as awful as fans want to believe he is.

Up to you what you do with that.

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  1. If said it before, Tav is one of these players where he will have at least a couple of moments per game where you look at him and think what the hell are you up to. However, what he brings to the team in an attacking sense is unreal. He needs Jacko back for fans to let up on his performances as he covers most of Tav mishaps.

  2. Great article. Agreed, he’s not the only one who has been poor this season. And always seems to be the 1st player to get the criticism. Hopefully he will find his form again, along with the rest of the team.

  3. Stats can hide a multitude of sins. I’ve defended Tavernier in the past but regardless of what the stats say he is NOT playing well at the moment. I don’t if that’s his fault or whether the general demise is harming his game. I’m not calling for his head but he has to do better. They all do.

  4. Him and Golson had shockers at the weekend.The young left back sailed by Tavs on numerous occasions.Goldson thinks he’s better than he is.We were playing Dundee !! Need to step up big time

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