'Let the team down' - Ibrox Exclusive: Pundit blasts Rangers player who 'Needs to learn'
Noel Whelan has torn into Rangers defender James Tavernier for his lapse of concentration in the defeat to Young Boys on Thursday night.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant Russell Edge, the former Aberdeen striker says that the 27-year-old let his teammates down by allowing a long ball to drop for Christian Fassnacht and allow the attacker to hit home in injury time.
The Light Blues had taken the lead in Switzerland through Alfredo Morelos, the Colombian netting his 14th goal of the season, but came away with nothing as a result of the home side’s last-gasp winner.
With Tavernier’s missed header the catalyst for Young Boys’ dramatic winner, Whelan has torn into the former Newcastle defender for showing a lack of concentration when it was most needed for Steven Gerrard and his men.
Whelan told Football Insider: “He’ll be very, very disappointed. You want to take something back with you. To concede in the 93rd minute, it’s just the biggest kick in the face.
“For a player and manager like Steven Gerrard who won pretty much everything, the concentration levels he’ll be talking about, getting the job done, seeing it through, being professional. It’ll be a tough one for Steven to think about.
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“He needs to learn from it. A lack of concentration (from Tavernier) has let the team down. When you’ve gone through the game, got to the 93rd minute and you concede in the manner like that, once again it can be demoralising for the rest of the team.”
Tavernier has been a mainstay for the Light Blues for the last couple of seasons, with 17 appearances under his belt already this campaign.
He has proven himself as a regular threat from both open play and dead-ball situations, with three goals and seven assists this term, totalling 46 strikes and 66 assists at Ibrox.