By Alan Hutton

8th Nov, 2022 | 2:27pm

Rangers fans 'right to judge' James Tavernier as Twitter footage emerges - Hutton

Alan Hutton understands Rangers fans’ frustration after they were ignored by James Tavernier and teammates following the 2-1 defeat to St Johnstone on Sunday (6 November).

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gers right-back said Tavernier was in a no-win situation after he opted not to clap the away fans at McDiarmid Park.

As seen on Twitter (6 November), Rangers fans confronted the 31-year-old outside the stadium for not showing his thanks to the away support.

Tavernier stopped outside the exit of McDiarmid Park to listen to one supporter in particular articulate the frustrations of the away following.

The Light Blues are under pressure from fans after a string of bad performances including the loss to St Johnstone.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side are now seven points behind league leaders Celtic.

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Hutton said he understands the frustration from the fans.

It is a difficult situation,” he told Football Insider.

I think it is very hard to come out of it with a win. If you do go up to the fans after a poor performance you know what is going to happen, they are going to shout at you and be frustrated.

But then if you walk away and take the heat out and go into the changing room, you get into bother because you have not gone over to see them.

It can be a difficult situation but ultimately you can understand the frustration coming from the fans.

They pay a lot of money, they travel all over the country to watch their team and when they see the performance is not at the level they expect they have got a right to judge you on that.

As long as it is only on the performance on the pitch. Ultimately I  thought they created enough chances to go on and win that game comfortably but they didn’t take it. That is the problem.

I totally understand why the fans were upset.

In other news, Kieran Maguire has lambasted controversial Rangers-Celtic rebellion plan – ‘fans won’t accept this’.