‘We need better’: Rangers fans rip into defender James Tavernier for European display
Rangers bowed out of the Europa League group stages with a 1-0 away defeat to Rapid Vienna – and some of their supporters on Twitter singled out defender James Tavernier for major criticism.
The Light Blues needed a win in Austria to qualify for the knockout rounds, but were unable to make the breakthrough against their opponents and were frustrated by the woodwork.
Rapid Vienna secured the win and their own qualification late in the contest with a goal through Dejan Ljubicic, as the visitors pushed for a decisive goal.
Steven Gerrard’s side showed great promise in Europe this season, but ultimately just fell short of the knockout stages.
A selection of Rangers fans on social media vented their frustration towards Tavernier for his display and many don’t believe he is fit to be the club’s captain.
The 27-year-old is often under the spotlight of the critics despite being a mainstay at Ibrox and he was unable to make the difference on Thursday.
He is an attack-minded right-back that constantly pushes forward and his deliver to the penalty area was wayward against Rapid Vienna.
One fan even suggested they should offload the full-back for £2million in January and emotions were running high after a European exit.
Here are some of the Rangers fan tweets on Tavernier after his performance:
Im sorry to say bears but james tavernier is an absolute liability he cannot get the ball by the first man and he thinks he is Cafu
— R.F.C 1872 WATP (@geodev_rfc) December 13, 2018
Tavernier can go for 2mil in January any takers?
— ᒪᎥᗩᗰ (@LiamWATP) December 13, 2018
Soon as Tavernier is gone the better. Complete liability going forward and defending.
— Robert (@RobertMcW94) December 13, 2018
We need better than Tavernier. Simple as that.
— Sam (@SamWood1872) December 13, 2018
— ?bor (@Trebor_1872) December 13, 2018
@James_Tavernier worst player on the park
— WATPGRW (@WATPGRW) December 13, 2018
How many times has Tavernier given ball away tonight, shocking at this level.
— DRC (@donjak) December 13, 2018
Tavernier has been poor again. Pulling one decent performance out every four or five games just isn’t good enough.
— Scott (@SDF1872) December 13, 2018