That standard of defending from captain James Tavernier against Hamilton on Sunday was shambolic.

Let’s be honest, he’s not that good a player that he cannot be considered to be dropped or rested occasionally.

It’s been a while since Tavernier has shown his best form, but he usually produces enough reasons to keep his place in the Rangers team.

But his prolonged average form is lasting longer than the Gers fans were hoping for.

A huge number of Rangers fans took to social media to criticise full-back Tavernier for his defensive deficiencies, during his below par performance in the vital 3-1 win at Hamilton.

I understand Steven Gerrard being stubborn and loyal to his right-back, due to the good work he contributes to the team going forward, but he is an accident waiting to happen.

But, there is no defending the poor defending that he often displays in this new Rangers side.

His form must improve or he should be dropped, especially as Rangers are reaching an important part of the season, with the BetFred Cup Final at Hampden against Celtic in two weeks’ time.

Plus the Europa League games against Feyenoord and Young Boys, and of course, trying to win the SPFL again, after many years in the doldrums.

Good sides will try to punish this obvious Rangers weakness, due to the amount of times he’s caught out of position. It is shocking situation for someone who is considered to be a top pro. 

His mind is always on attacking moves and it never seems to be on the most important part – defending properly must always be any right-back’s priority job.

Is it fair that Jon Flanagan is sitting on the bench watching how untouchable the captain has become to being replaced before the 90 minutes has been completed?

Suggestion: The next time Tavernier is having a stinker – take him off. It’s the only way he will learn to defend first and foremost.

When Gerrard decides to play Scott Arfield wide right, he seems to rely on Tavernier playing as a deep-lying winger.

But when he makes a misplaced pass or loses the ball, it puts Rangers in immediate danger at the back.


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