Yes, we’re going to tackle this one head on, because we’re like that on Ibrox Noise and we’re not afraid to say what many think in the Rangers support, when they’re too afraid to air it for fear of being shouted down.
If Erik Ten Tag has the cojones to remove Harry Maguire as captain of one of the biggest clubs on planet earth, can anyone explain why James Tavernier simply MUST remain as captain of Rangers?
Let’s not beat around the bush, he’s among the worst captains we’ve ever had – fractionally better in the past year at representing the club off the pitch, but on it he’s pathetic as a leader.
Yes, we’ve used the ‘pathetic’ word even though many of you are afraid to.
This is nothing to do with his ability as a footballer, that’s a separate debate we’ve had a hundred times, but in this case is purely about his role as the man with the armband.
When we look back at past captains of an SPL Rangers, it’s filled with Gough, Butcher, even Amo, Barry – genuine leaders of men. Guys who could gee the team up.
The pinnacle captain, ironically, is our former manager Steven Gerrard, whose leadership days at Anfield saw him singlehandedly turning around an entire Champions League final defeat, 3-0 to Milan at half time, to take it back to Liverpool.
Can’t see Tavernier doing this, can’t in fact see him pretty much do anything on the pitch akin to a captain.
Why was he appointed in the first place, and why does Michael Beale not have the courage to change?
Now, true, Maguire is said to be close to a move to West Ham, ending his Utd nightmare for good, but the fact is he’s still a Utd player and the Dutch boss has relieved him of the armband.
Of course then the question becomes ‘who replaces Tav’, and true, there’s not a lot of obvious candidates. Ryan Jack might make a case, even John Lundstram has a bit of an argument.
But the point is Tavernier is not a leader, not a captain, and he’s been comically in this role now for 5+ years.
Rangers need a leader, and it’s not James Tavernier.