Maybe it’s time for a change at Ibrox

Maybe it’s time for a change at Ibrox
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 25: James Tavernier of Rangers celebrates after scoring the open goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup match between Rangers and St Johnstone at Ibrox Stadium on April 25, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sporting stadiums around the UK 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)

When Steven Gerrard took over at Ibrox, one of the first acts he carried out was, admittedly, not overly popular, in making temporary captain James Tavernier permanent wearer of the armband.

Ever since then, while a minority of fans are happy with the RB as the leader, the majority have been pretty underwhelmed by his performance.

Not as a player, you understand, but as a captain – not being especially vocal, not being the kind of Richard Gough or Barry Ferguson that will take a match by the scruff of the neck and turn a losing situation into a winning one.

Look at Gerrard himself, Liverpool captain in the CL final of 2005 – 3-0 down at half time and being destroyed by Milan, he dragged his side back up and they won an impossible comeback.

At half time v Celtic, there was little evidence of the captain being the leader and bringing it back.

Instead it was Ryan Jack who led the side in that second half, a titan’s performance, and he was the one to come out at full time and face the media.

Now, this is not necessarily yelling for Jack as captain, albeit many fans would want that – this is more about a new era at Ibrox, following the Warby and Gerrard ones, and maybe it IS time for a new leader on the pitch.

Dick Advocaat had no airs or graces about removing the armband from Lorenzo Amoruso, and while the Italian remains bitter to this day about that, it was the right call and what’s right for the team is right for the club – Barry Ferguson was a superior leader.

Tavernier has never disgraced this club – let’s be clear.

He’s made errors and mistakes but never done anything to shame the club. Unless you want to count ‘not facing the media’ after a disastrous result.

But this is about a new manager and era at the club, and maybe it is time to hand the baton on over to someone else, someone who’s more at ease with the role.

Tavernier isn’t a natural captain, he doesn’t lead, and if we’re honest our last two permanent captains have both been quiet men and not obvious stormtroopers.

Maybe it’s time the captain was a bigger personality.

Food for thought.

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  1. I agree. Tavernier is a good footballer but he is never captain material nor a leader. Would Greig, Butcher or Ferguson have accepted that mediocrity and lack of fight last week. It was evident in the Celtic game we were lacking winners and leaders all over the pitch. No team ever has 11 winners but you do need 4 or 5 to drag the rest of the team to higher effort. Goldson at his best is our alpha defender and organiser, Arfield shows it in abundance but other than that Ryan Jack is the one that sticks out. He should be the club captain. And we need to sign more like him.

  2. Totally agree. Tav has made mistakes, who hasn’t. He’s been a fine servant for the club but I’ve always been suspicious of his role as captain. Ryan Jack would be the obvious choice as a new captain but for his injury woes.

  3. Unfortunately, your Captain has to be on the field, not in the sickbay, otherwise Ryan Jack would be a great choice.

    So,is there anyone in the current squad who could step up?

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