Rangers captain James Tavernier has criticised his side’s defending since the winter break but cannot put his finger on the cause.
As per the Herald, Tavernier fired a warning to his team-mates that they cannot keep defending as they have been if they want to bring trophies back to Ibrox.
He said: “We’ve been in this situation a few times where we go to a ground and the crowd sniffs out opportunities. We simply don’t deal with it. It was said at half-time. A clean sheet will win the game, but since we’ve been back after the mid-season break, we’ve been conceding terrible goals.
“It’s criminal we are conceding them. If you want to be competing for a title, you can’t be conceding those type of goals. I honestly can’t answer for the last two Januarys. I can’t put my finger on what’s happening. We’re not getting out of the blocks at the start of the year and it’s costing us.”
TBR’s View – Why and how have Rangers taken their eye off the ball?
Rangers got themselves into a great position before the winter break and then had a pause to nail down their plan of action to make the most of it.
But the way they’ve played since they’ve been back is like they thought the hard work was done before Christmas, while Celtic have returned with clear heads and renewed purpose.
Perhaps that’s because Steven Gerrard hasn’t won a trophy as a manager and as well as having a rookie boss, not many of this Rangers squad have won big trophies either. That experience can go a long way.
As Tavernier says, there’s no excuse for conceding sloppy goals and it will undermine so much of Rangers’ progress under Gerrard if it keeps happening.