Rangers picked up their first win under Steven Gerrard this evening but some fans are looking for more discpline from right-back James Tavernier, despite a solid attacking performance from the newly appointed captain.
In our view, the 26-year-old was actually one of the Gers’ top performers on the evening, delivering cross after cross for his teammates in attack and giving the Macedonian visitors all sorts of problems down their left hand side.
He also held his nerve to score the late penalty that completed the 2-0 victory.
However, the same problems in his game reared their head again, with Shkupi finding some joy on his side of defence, notably hitting the bar in the first half. Against a better side it could have been more of a worry.
Overall, it was something of a frustrating performance from the team tonight, failing to take the chances that would have put the game beyond doubt ahead of the second leg next week. It wasn’t until that late penalty that the game was really comfortable.
Hopefully over the coming weeks and months the team can find their clinical edge.
These supporters took to Twitter to share their frustrations with the penalty scorer…
I’ll be honest. Not looking much better than last season. Tav as usual caught out of position far too often, midfield look disjointed. Lacking ideas in final 3rd hope. Only first game so need to give it some time but on this viewing could be a long season
— Scott Macmillan (@scotty_mac1986) July 12, 2018
I don’t know why Tavernier is allowed to run all over the pitch so recklessly he unsettled the back four and then drags midfielders all over the place to cover for him.
— Chris Scott (@christtocs) July 12, 2018
Different season same thoughts windanus is shite and tav isn’t a right back ????
— aldo (@allanbaird_) July 12, 2018
Tavernier and Windass have been boggin on that right side
— Matt Gordon ???????? (@Matt_Gordon95) July 12, 2018
Tavernier still playing far too narrow at right back.
— Gordon Valentine (@gordon_val37) July 12, 2018
Complacency there, Tavernier caught sleeping.
— BluenoseGreigMMA (@BluenoseGreig) July 12, 2018
What did you make of James Tavernier’s performance tonight? Let us know in the comments below…