We saw a comment on Ibrox Noise’s social channels some days ago, and it absolutely nailed the situation with James Tavernier on its head:
Our captain has been living off luck and fortune and the goodwill of three managers in a row, with absolutely no merit keeping him there whatsoever.
Sure, he was superb for the first half of 55, but guess what, Ryan Jack was doing all his defending for him. When left to his own devices, he simply can’t do it. And how many goals has it cost Rangers over the years when Jack wasn’t fit or at his best?
We look at his stats at the other end, and yes, they are very impressive for a RB. But Tavernier IS a RB, and he’s not supposed to be taking every penalty (which is where the bulk of his goals come from btw), and while he’s high up the pitch there is absolutely no cover for his side of defence.
Are Rangers out of the UCL and title race because of Tavernier?
We can’t say yes, but we sure can’t say no. How many goals have we leaked as a result of his mindless runs up the pitch and abandonment of his post? It’s like Tavernier wants to be the hero all the time, so attacks as much as he can to get that glory, the assist, the goal, the penalty – but he forgets the day job, the defending, the bread and butter.
Meaning the team suffers frequently for his regular errors.
Now, the Tav brigade will be out in force screaming ‘where were all you Tav haters when he was so brilliant last season, aye?’. Well, actually he wasn’t that good last season, you’re thinking of 55. And as we say, it WAS only the first half. He was literal garbage after the new year of 2020/21.
Overall, his time at Rangers can be summed up by the interest in him from England, even EFL Championship sides. One bid, 3+ years ago, from Championship West Brom of about £1.5M.
In seven years at Rangers, it’s the only one we ever got. Because it’s patently clear to see Tavernier isn’t up to it at any higher than SPL level, and even then he’s now clearly struggling at that.
We don’t like ‘hate’ articles, and we absolutely do not hate Tav, or any other Rangers player – we just want the best for our team and Tavernier isn’t the best RB. We regret so much selling Patterson, who could have been a legend for our club, and now we’re stuck with Tav like we are with Goldson for Lord knows how long.
As for captaincy? Don’t make me laugh – he is the worst established captain Rangers have probably ever had. Weak, mentally frail, and no presence. No one respects him at all.
He can’t lead a dog never mind a team.
No, we’re done with Tav as a player as well as already being done with him as captain.
Hopefully League 2 Barnet make a bid in January and we can move on from him.