Alan Brazil has suggested in The Sunday Post that Rangers manager Steven Gerrard should not drop James Tavernier from the team.

The former Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United forward, who is a Celtic fan and now works as a presenter on talkSPORT, believes that Gerrard should not heed calls from Rangers fans who want the right-back dropped following his disappointing performance of the Europa League.

The former Newcastle United defender had a disappointing game and made two costly mistakes on Thursday evening, as Young Boys won 2-1.

Brazil has suggested that 27-year-old Tavernier should not be dropped by Rangers manager Gerrard.

Brazil wrote in The Sunday Post: “I understand Rangers fans being frustrated. I get that they think Tavernier is prone to these sorts of defensive errors.

“But there’s no way he should be dropped. I’ll hold my hands up – I don’t watch every Rangers game.

“But whenever I do watch them, Tav is usually the Gers’ best player.OK, he made mistakes on Thursday night, but there’s absolutely no question about the guy’s value to Rangers as an attacking player.”

Mistakes happen

True, Tavernier made two bad mistakes against Young Boys, but there is no doubt that the defender is a very good player who is hugely important to Rangers.

The former Newcastle man is the best right-back at Rangers and one of his best in his position in the Scottish Premiership, and he simply cannot be dropped.


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