Maturity from Rangers captain Tav as he admits big mistake

Maturity from Rangers captain Tav as he admits big mistake
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 14: James Tavernier of Rangers applauds the fans after the team's defeat in the UEFA Europa League 2023/24 round of 16 second leg match between Rangers FC and SL Benfica at Ibrox Stadium on March 14, 2024 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

James Tavernier has admitted what Ibrox Noise suggested, that he was heavily to blame for Hibs’ goal on Saturday, showing an ability to be responsible for his own error, unlike how Connor Goldson regularly blames everyone else.

Rangers’ captain was speaking after Rangers’ ultimately-comfortable 3-1 win over the Easter Road side, in a much more routine match and result than the cup fixture some weeks earlier, and he did concede he was a big part of the messy goal we shipped.

He said:

“I’m raging with how we conceded because I probably blame myself for the goal. I lost my man. But it’s how you respond from that.”

This might be the first time we’ve heard him hold his hands up to an error, because he did indeed let one go and exposed the entire defence with his mistake, while also failing to nail Maolida, standing off him to passively as he marauded with the ball.

See, we need more of this – of accountability, of players admitting they’ve made an error, made a mistake.

No one is going to slaughter a player who makes a human error then admits they have. Ok, a few will, but they’re unreasonable.

Tav has history for quite a few mistakes at the back, it’s part of his game, but with Rangers remaining the stingiest defence in Scotland clearly something is working.

But yes, his sidekick Goldson could learn a bit from this, he’s not reached the stage yet where he ever holds his hands up and says ‘yes, I got that wrong’ – he still aportions blame to others around him.

But it’s a sign of evolution from Tavernier, to demonstrate leadership is as much about admitting you’re man enough to be accountable to your actions as much as being praised for the good things you do.

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