After a recent official Rangers ‘survey’ confirmed James Tavernier to be the most popular player, something we saw backed up by social media comments and general positivity about the player in quite a few Ibrox Noise polls, we decided to carry out a good old-fashioned ‘popularity contest’ to see quite simply who the most popular and favourite players actually were.
We can confirm James Tavernier was MILES down on this list and barely registered.
Of a choice of Butland, Tavernier, Cantwell, Raskin, Cifuentes, Goldson, Barisic, Souttar, Danilo and Jack, the results were as follows, of a 4000+ sample size:
In joint last place, Danilo and Barisic, with 1%.
In joint second last place, Goldson and Jack with 2%
Next was Cifuentes with 4%, then it was Tavernier with a paltry 5% of the vote, confirming the other vote was purely based on the goalscorer’s shirt and nothing else.
There’s a bit of a jump up to Nico Raskin who gets 9% but then the real heavy hitters show up:
In Third Place with a respectable 18% is goalkeeper Jack Butland who has started to earn his stripes – Livi was good, Servette was great, Morton was mediocre, and PSV was alright.
In Second Place the club’s star defender John Souttar with 19%, who might have come in for some unfair criticism v Killie and Servette but has been completely solid. A great signing he’s becoming.
But of course, without any close competition at all, the most popular and favourite player at Rangers FC is Todd Cantwell with a runaway 39% of the vote, proving that despite the official auction suggesting Tavernier was the most popular, he absolutely isn’t. It’s Cantwell, by a mile, and Tav doesn’t even register.
We could have included Lawrence, Hagi, Matondo, Roofe, Lammers, Dessers etc – but how valid would the results have been?
And there you have it.