By Noel Whelan

15th Feb, 2020 | 2:26pm

Exclusive: Ex-SPL pro tears into Rangers stars after Tavernier admission

The players at Rangers have failed to rally behind captain James Tavernier after his damning statement on their form, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds and Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists that the Light Blues’ squad have not shown enough character after suffering defeat to Kilmarnock on Wednesday night.

Speaking after the midweek loss, Tavernier admitted that he was baffled as to why the Light Blues had suffered such a slump in form, insisting they have failed to get “out of the blocks” since the start of 2020.

Whelan insists that Tavernier needs to be motivating his teammates to try and get them out their rut and that the players have not shown the necessary spirit in recent weeks.

Whelan told Football Insider: “The captain’s got to be the leader in there, he’s got to be the talker, the one pushing and demanding.

“Not enough of the players have obviously toed the line on that cry to pump their chests out and get the job done. You’d have expected them to go and beat Kilmarnock, too many draws and poor performances.

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“Steven Gerrard said even in the cup games that he wasn’t happy with their performances. He’s obviously not happy with the way that they’ve come back in the second half of the season.”

Rangers have now lost three Premiership games this season, two of those coming in their last five matches, to leave them 10 points behind Celtic with a game in hand.

If the Hoops’ game with Aberdeen goes ahead on Sunday then they could go 13 points clear, the Gers’ clash with Livingston postponed on Saturday.

In other Rangers news, it can be REVEALED that the club’s chiefs have questioned a Steven Gerrard transfer decision.