The BBC’s Sportscene programme highlighted the poor defensive play of Glasgow Rangers’ captain, James Tavernier, in the Ibrox outfit’s weekend fixture.

Motherwell scored from two set pieces during the 3-3 draw on Sunday, and Tavernier was slated by the TV pundits for being responsible for both goals.

Writing in his column in the Scottish Sun, Bill Leckie who is a well-respected reporter, BBC commentator and pundit, slammed Tavernier’s overall display.

“Yet when you look at the three goals against at Fir Park, it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that an awful lot of the same old failings persist,” he wrote.

“Tavernier still couldn’t mark a bingo card, never mind his man at a cross ball. That was the case last season and the season before and it cost them twice more yesterday.”

What to do about Tavernier’s poor defending

It’s time for me to put my cards on the table – I don’t rate Rangers skipper Tavernier as a right back. You cannot rely on him to be in the right position during any match.

He continues to power forward recklessly, leaving glaring spaces behind him for the opposition to punish the ‘Gers on numerous occasions.

Tavernier must be moved by Rangers to play as a wing-back, and this will take the pressure off his defensive duties. His attacking ability from a deeper position, is second to none.

His pinpoint accurate crosses are his biggest asset, coupled by his attacking prowess, so changing his position makes perfect sense.


After another crucial two points were dropped by the Ibrox club who continue to throw away unacceptable cheap points, I have the solution to the problem.

In every training session, Rangers must practise robotically to defend set piece crosses and corners until it becomes automatic.

Undoubtedly, it will get tedious, but is necessary to address their Achilles heel, and resolve this vulnerability if they are to win any silverware this season.


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