Rangers fans react on Twitter to Tavernier display v Celtic
By Dominic Toner
James Tavernier played 90 minutes for Rangers against Celtic – and the club’s supporters were furious with his performance on Twitter.
The Gers slipped to a narrow 2-1 defeat against their Old Firm rivals on Saturday and are now 19 points behind them in the league table.
Mark Warburton’s side took the lead through a Kenny Miller goal, who managed to convert a great low cross from Tavernier.
However, Moussa Dembele drew the visitors level with a stunning strike inside the penalty area and Scott Sinclair scored the winner in the second-half.
Rangers fans believe that Tavernier should have been marking Sinclair as he tapped in the winning goal and claim he should be dropped from the starting line-up.
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Here is a selection of their messages:
Tavernier can do one, I'm sorry. Hodson should of started. Ball watching against Hearts, ball watching today.
— John (@John_RFC99) December 31, 2016
Tavernier needs dropped.
— Dylan (@Dyl_RFC) December 31, 2016
— darren mitchell (@diesel0412) December 31, 2016
An international full back sits on a bench to give Tavernier a game,I never want to see him in a Rangers shirt again.
— Smiffy (@Smiffy54AC) December 31, 2016
Don't know why tavernier is playing over hodson fs
— Chris (@ChrisR1872R) December 31, 2016
How Tavernier hasn't been dropped yet al never know
— Liam (@liamhastie9) December 31, 2016
Take Tavernier off as soon as possible
— Robbie Gallacher (@RobbieG95) December 31, 2016
Tavernier has made 25 appearances for the Gers this season and is considered a key part of the team.
Warburton prefers the 25-year-old at right-back to Lee Hodson, who could feature in the club’s next game against Motherwell in the Scottish Cup fourth-round.
Tavernier is an attack-minded full-back and showed his attacking talents in the Celtic match, but was caught out defensively on a number of occasions.
The defender helped the Gers cruise to the Scottish Championship title last season and had a phenomenal attacking record, scoring 15 goals and supplying 23 assists in 50 appearances across all competitions.
He has been unable to recreate the same kind of form in the top-flight and fans feel that Hodson deserves the starting spot in future.
In other Rangers news, Chris Sutton has named the club’s consistent player in his team of the year.