Former Celtic man Charlie Nicholas has criticised the defensive work of Rangers captain James Tavernier after his error at the weekend.
As per Sky Sports, Nicholas says Tavernier is better going forward than he is at going back after his missed header allowed Hearts to open the scoring during Sunday’s 1-1 draw which saw Rangers slip from top spot.
He said: “Rangers are going well. They are scoring lots of goals, but are a bit frail defensively. James Tavernier is a bit weak defensively compared to what he is going forward. That does create its own problems.
“Rangers do not have the craft or knowledge to get through these games when they do not see a lot of the ball, so this is where they may come unstuck.”
TBR’s View – Tavernier must start faster if Rangers are to take anything from Porto
Tavernier is capable of playing a part in a defence which keeps Porto out, but he and his colleagues must start faster than they did against Hearts.
Rangers could have been out of contention by the time they woke up and Tavernier’s individual error cannot be repeated in Portugal.
But Steven Gerrard will be drilling that into his players and believing they can get something away from home, especially with the goal threat they carry.