Rangers’ Cyriel Dessers brings James Tavernier into bizarre fan rant

Rangers’ Cyriel Dessers brings James Tavernier into bizarre fan rant
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 21: Rangers' Cyriel Dessers celebrates his teams fourth goal during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Ibrox Stadium on October 21, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

Nigeria’s Cyriel Dessers has been bumping his gums quite vividly to the press recently, with some eye-opening comments on the eve of Rangers’ big trip to Hampden, and while we don’t deny a language barrier to an extent might not be helping him, some of his quotes might have been better served staying in house.

Not only is the striker rather criticising the fans for booing/jeering at him, but he unwisely brings captain James Tavernier into it, by literally saying ‘if the fans boo someone as great as he is’…

This isn’t sensible comment, Cyriel.

You do not bring other players into your own potential situation, especially if it’s a negative connotation – that the fans aren’t supporting you or your captain.

Doesn’t matter how right or wrong you actually are factually, a good teammate doesn’t point the finger at another player and highlight alleged abuse that player is getting.

Dessers is very… expressive, and adds that he hated Michael Beale losing his job, suggesting it made him curse. Yes, really. True, he bigs up Clement who everyone can see is a top manager, but the way he speaks about the ex-boss does make him sound like he’s pining for him.

Dessers is not delivering enough on the pitch to speak like this, and would be much wiser to keep his counsel a lot more in-house and do his talking on the pitch – and we will continue to support him as a Rangers player in the course of doing so.

It is clear the pressure of this club, the biggest he’s ever played for aside Feyenoord, is getting to him a bit and if he was playing better there wouldn’t be an issue – but he’s not, and there is.

Ibrox Noise has massively defended Dessers over fan mockery, explaining his stats, while not amazing, are not horrible.

But these quotes don’t help his case at all.

You’re not a terrible player mate, and it’s good you’re keeping your spirits up, but a wee bit less babbling like this to the media and more focusing on getting better might help.

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