On top of voting for Michael Beale’s future at Rangers, Ibrox fans have also been voting on another contentious issue – the captaincy.
With James Tavernier probably qualifying as among the very worst captains Rangers have ever had, Ibrox Noise wanted to know what the sentiment among supporters over his armband now was.
While Ibrox Noise has been accused of having an ‘agenda’ over Tavernier (yes, it’s called wanting a worthy captain) we can assure you that our desire to have a great Rangers and a great captain trumps all individual pettiness.
So we asked you, did you want to keep Tavernier as captain or appoint a new one.
The answer was emphatic. Of thus far 536 votes and counting, 407 said they wanted a new captain, and only 129 endorsed Tavernier’s leadership. We will update these numbers as they grow over the course of the next 24 hours but that’s a pretty clear answer.
Basically one in five Rangers fans wants to retain Tavernier as captain, while 4 want a new man to get the honour.
Of course, the next question is who?
To our minds, there are a few contenders:
Butland, Souttar, Balogun and Raskin.
We wouldn’t make it Connor Goldson in a million years, while Ryan Jack is clearly utterly finished as a player, and John Lundstram probably wouldn’t be a terribly popular choice. Todd Cantwell isn’t captain material.
Butland is big, vocal, respected and clearly good at his job. Rangers never made a goalie a captain, he wouldn’t be the worst place to start.
Souttar is the best defender at the club, and wants to be here – whether he’s a fully-fledged leader we’re not too sure.
The same applies to Leon Balogun – we like him and he’s big, and respected, but is he a captain?
And Raskin hasn’t been terribly good in preseason or at Killie, but we know the guts the boy has – Barry Ferguson was made captain in a similar position at a similar age, so it can work.
But safe to say fans definitely don’t want it to be James Tavernier anymore.
He’s had the armband far, far too long.