With the Rangers exit of Michael Beale, which we will continue to chew over for quite some time we think, we now deserve a new captain, and going by a poll Ibrox Noise ran tonight over that question, most Rangers fans feel the same.
We are absolutely, positively, sick of the sight of James Tavernier wearing that armband, given it permanently FIVE years ago and never once being captain material.
We remember at the time when the guy was handed it in a pass-the-parcel circulation of it temporarily following the Lee Wallace shambles, as well as Kenny Miller, Tavernier ended up with it by default and fans were laughing in disbelief that the least deserving player in the squad now was getting a go.
They were laughing no more when Steven Gerrard gave him it permanently in summer 2018 and here we are, five years later, and he still has it.
Thanks to Tav, Rangers lost the best RB we’ve had since Alan Hutton and Gary Stevens in young Nathan Patterson, and while we got £16M for that, so what? What was it invested in that made that sale worthwhile.
Why is Tav so unvulnerable to being dropped? Well that’s one for another day.
And yes, the questions are rightly being raised of who replaces him – who is a captain in this team?
Jack Butland is being mentioned but he’s only just arrived, Todd Cantwell has been uttered by some, and there’s a few weak mentions for Connor Goldson. Ryan Jack is just not fit enough or big enough to be the captain. Raskin isn’t loud or big enough either, even if he has heart.
Yes, that’s a big problem – Rangers have too few real leaders in the squad anymore.
Gone are the days when we had big men out there, during 55, McGregor, peak Tav, better Goldson, stronger Jack, Davo himself, Arfield – we had a host of players capable of wearing the armband.
Now? It’s very slim pickings.
The Mick ripped out all the leadership on the pitch and replaced it with a borderline woke project, a ‘contemporary new shape designed to reflect a changing world’ or some other nonsense gobbledygook which sounds good in a corporate coaching manual but in the real world on the pitch has left us with few leaders.
And that means that finding a new captain isn’t easy.
The damage Mick Beale did to Rangers is seismic, and we are struggling to ditch Tavernier for a better leader.
Sums it up when Tav might still be the best option. But honestly? Probably time for Butland. Or Cantwell?