Rangers fans are fuming at James Tavernier following Rugby Park incident

Rangers fans are fuming at James Tavernier following Rugby Park incident
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 08: James Tavernier of Rangers reacts after a missed opportunity to make it 3-3 during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Celtic FC and Rangers FC at on April 08, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

We know, we know, Ibrox Noise has been endlessly bashing James Tavernier for weeks, with quite a few dissenters when we began the latest bout of criticism.

Those dissenters, having witnessed the atrocity of his dire displays preseason, have reduced to almost none, and yes, today we have another example of why we are completely, absolutely, and utterly fed up with Tavernier, his ego, his attitude, and his utterly pathetic captaincy, which has gone on way way too long.

The incident doing the rounds today is the diabolical ‘pull rank’ episode.

Now, Ibrox Noise has been whining all preseason that even in friendlies, Captain Courageous himself was hijacking every penalty, ‘pulling rank’ every time even in a summer fixture, to ensure he’s the one scoring.

We whined about it v Hamburg, that after yet another rotten individual performance, he stole a penalty after Sakala had won it, and contributed nothing else.

Pulling rank seems to be his thing, and it applies to all set piece kicks, including free kicks.

But it was yesterday’s disgrace, in probably the most shameful single incident since Tavernier joined Rangers in 2015, that summed him up, the immunity he has, and the lengths he will go to to ensure he’s the most ‘important’ player at the club.

On 54 minutes, Rangers won a throw in 20 yards from Killie’s goal, which John Lundstram was about to quickly take (with tonnes of space in front of him to do so), only for a stampeding Tavernier to cross the entire length of the Killie fake pitch to pull rank, nick it off him, and effectively pass the ball all the way back to Jack Butland.

See for yourself:

This absolutely appalling of ego, selfishness, over-reaching ‘leadership’ and general self-centredness sums Tavernier up, and while there remain a few fans who think he’s absolutely captain material (yes, there are a couple of them left) about 99% of fans have not only had enough of him as a leader, but as a Rangers player.

55 was his day. He had it.

Since then, he’s been an absolute shambles, yet remains 100% untouchable.

But running the length of half the pitch to steal a throw in off Lundstram just so YOU can take it and eventually plump it back to the goalie?

Just who do you think you are, James?

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  1. It’s time to get rid of Tavernier and even I who have been one of his biggest fans can no longer tolerate his constant getting caught out of position his goal scoring no longer outweighs his glaringly obvious defensive frailties amongst other things. It’s a new season with a relatively new team it’s time for a new Captain & Vice Captain. 💙💙

  2. I have never rated him as a defender he’s a liability as a right back. He couldn’t play as a right winger either.

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