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03 Sep 2018 21:26:03
Before i start here, i do know that defending is not james tavernier's strongest asset! Now having said that, most of the modern day wingbacks, are much better in the attacking sense, as opposed to the defensive side of their game! The best wingbacks in the game today are all much better going forward, than defending. Tav always seems to get the majority of the blame, from our own supporters, when its not only him who's at fault! I don't care what anyone says and i've said this on these pages before. I think james tavernier is the best right wingback in scotland, bar none! Both kris boyd and kris commons said the same, in the studio yesterday, at the old firm game. I totally agree.

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04 Sep 2018 06:27:02
Supercooper James costs more goals than he makes or scores statistics prove this.

04 Sep 2018 06:41:01
Sorry pal, i don't agree! He is the whipping boy for a lot of our supporters at times! Every team that has a good attacking wingback,
accomodates for their defensive weaknesses, by playing the proper personel, to cover this, thus allowing us to get the best out of tav! Candeias is that player who works so well with tav and IMO, should have started against them, on sunday there! Tav has super attributes going forward, imo we have to accommodate that! Simple as that for me!

04 Sep 2018 07:15:27
Have to disagree my friend. Our best back 4 imo is Flanagan Barisic Goldson and Katic. I like my defence to defend first and Tavernier makes to many school boy errors, I would definitely play him further forward as he’s a good footballer and athlete just not a very good defender.

04 Sep 2018 08:41:27

2 of the goals that Motherwell scored against us came from set pieces can you tell us who was marking both the Motherwell goalscorers?

04 Sep 2018 08:46:29
Supercoop, I like your posts but must disagree this time. Tav was AWOL on Sunday for their goal which was scored from the space where the right back should have been. You can see him running back yards away just before the goal. I'd play him in right midfield though.

04 Sep 2018 08:51:29
Agree with coops. Tav is a regular whipping boy for those focussed on negative outcomes rather than positives.
If he was not there putting pressure on the full backs our Defense would have a lot more defending to do in every game.
Assume that SG feels the same.

My take on the last few games is that we are tired - Goldson has not looked quite so assured since his head knock (in Europe I think) and not as sharp.

Celtic were a notch or two better on Sunday but we will improve.

04 Sep 2018 09:01:37
If Tav is a right back his first job is to defend. If he wants to go forward and cross balls in then midfield is his preferred position. I think Gerrard sees that and is lining up a 352 formation in the future pushing tav further forward.

04 Sep 2018 09:26:34
Tierney destroyed him, end of.

04 Sep 2018 11:28:42
Bgate wer can I find these stats?

04 Sep 2018 11:45:43
Its patently obvious at the moment we have no ball carriers like McGregor or rogic. So I am hoping come Jan. we will have decent funds to bring in Steven Davis or James Mc Arthur or both, we are badly needing creative midfielders.

04 Sep 2018 11:58:04
Blue Bear. To be fair, Murphy, Couilbaly, Dorrans and Rossiter are all out injured. That's a whole midfield and we have McCrorie to play now and again as well.

04 Sep 2018 17:08:32
Supercooper tav is not a whipping boy for the fans. Fact is most of us can see he is a very poor defender.
To say move him here there and everywhere is not the answer.
He cost us at Pittodrie and Fir Park.
Cost us numerous times last year including 3 in Hibs game. Cost us a cup final.
If we want to stop ten in a row Gerrard needs to rectify the issue that previous managers shied away from.
And the answer is not move him to another position just to accommodate him, Rangers are bigger than that.

04 Sep 2018 17:34:20
Spot on jboy. Tav is a bomb scare! Terrible defensively and occasionally puts a decent ball in the box . Did anyone else notice how it was goldson that telling the defence to push up and doing most of the talking and shouting? Where was tav at this point? He runs about like a headless chicken and puts his team mates under pressure. It's early doors right now and already he's cost us . Can't understand for the life of me why he is captain . He should have been punted long ago. He pulls the faces and does some good sound bites but that's it. He's not good enough now, then or ever . Mediocre at the very best .

04 Sep 2018 18:08:49
Guys has it not crossed your mind, to ask yourself then, how every rangers manager rates tav very highly? There's your answer or are ALL these manager's wrong?

04 Sep 2018 19:29:09
What like the great Warburton, caxhina and murty?

04 Sep 2018 19:43:46
Yes why three are gone to date.

04 Sep 2018 22:31:01
I agree with the asesment that we were tired at week end . would have struggled to play anyone and no wonder after what the boys put in with the Europa game.
It was worth it tho but they are only human . people saying they weren’t trying ect against the manks. they were dead on their feet . and I suspect Stevie kn that . it was defend and do your best and don’t kill yourself. their time will come and it will be oh so sweet.

04 Sep 2018 22:40:13

Don’t really think you can make a case by saying all the Rangers managers rated him so there is your answer. 3 of them failed spectacularly so doesn’t say much for them.

05 Sep 2018 00:00:11
So what about steven gerrard guys?
Kris boyd and kris commons said in the studio on sunday, that tav was the best right wingback in scotland and was the best crosser of a football!

05 Sep 2018 14:09:17
2 goals against Motherwell were through his inability to defend. The UFA Goal came when he was looking the other way when the defense moved up to play offside. he gave up at the Celtic goal about 35/ 40 yards out, his deliveries were poor and he missed a chance to make it 1 each, a chance that if it were Morelos he would have been slaughtered.
why was Flanagan dropped? and why we don't play a 4-4-2, with Tav in front of Flanagan baffles me.
I like Tav as an attacking player, but he is easily liable for 10-15 goals against us last season and 3 or 4 already this season. Get him away from the defense and get him on a post at corners.



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