Ex-Rangers defender Dave MacKinnon has weighed into the James Tavernier ‘fiasco’ by defending the captain saying a tactical switch would help him, while also admitting the boy isn’t doing the job a RB should.
Speaking on the eve of the Prague trip, the former Ibrox stopper suggested Tavernier can’t attack, cross and defend all in one, saying it’s too much:
But then rather contradicts himself with:
And that’s the point.
It’s very interesting how many are defending Tavernier in this kind of way, but overlooking on the other side that Borna Barisic has had absolutely no issues with position, and he offers more in defence than Tavernier has, and gets a fair number of assists in attack!
And furthermore adds that a RB’s job is to defend, so he’s kind of let the cat out of the bag with that one.
But this all said, Tavernier was greatly improved at the weekend under new manager Philippe Clement, an infinitely more disciplined performance which offered good balance, width, defending and attacking all in one.
If he can keep that up, the debates about fairness or his merits will quickly die down.