By Paul Robinson

7th Aug, 2021 | 5:00pm

Robinson lauds Tavernier after 'phenomenal' Rangers development

Paul Robinson has heaped praise on Rangers captain James Tavernier following his open letter to fans regarding taking the knee.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Tottenham and England goalkeeper said the decision to publicly explain the club’s stance on the matter was a show of “phenomenal leadership”.

In an open letter published on the club’s website, Tavernier told supporters that the team “will take the knee to stand against racism, nothing more, and nothing less.”

The right-back revealed that every BAME member of the Gers squad received racist abuse online at some point last season.

Glenn Kamara was also the subject of racist abuse on the pitch in the 2020-21 campaign, an offence which Slavia Prague’s Ondrej Kudela was punished with a 10-game ban for.

When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his thoughts on Tavernier’s letter, Robinson said: “It shows phenomenal leadership.

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“The letter was very well put together and worded by Tavernier.

“It is up to the individual whether or not they take the knee. Some people question the meaning of taking the knee in sport and want it to stop but it starts a vitally important conversation.

“My boy asked last season, ‘Why are they taking the knee?’ It starts a conversation and through conversation comes education.

“It is important for people of all ages but it is very, very important that the next generation of children in the world are educated because we need to stamp out racism once and for all. “

In other news, Alan Hutton claims one Rangers player is giving Steven Gerrard a serious ‘headache’.