Former Glasgow Rangers player Andy Halliday has slammed some ‘Gers fans for their criticism of James Tavernier.
The right-back has now been at the club for five years and is the current club captain, but that has not stopped a number of fans from repeatedly criticising the 28-year-old. The fact that some pundits have questioned his defensive ability has also threatened to harm his reputation.
Talking to Open Goal, though, Halliday does not appear to agree with Tavernier’s critics. He said:
“I personally think the criticism Tav gets from Rangers fans is ridiculous. I don’t understand it.
“It’s bizarre to me – he’s probably been Rangers’ best player over the last five years since he’s been at the football club. He leads by example in his performances and day-to-day.
“The returns he’s got? Everyone says ‘aw he’s not as good a defender’, but who is? What full-back is better defensively than they are going forward these days?”
Halliday makes a good point. While Tavernier may not be the world’s best defender, his attacking statistics speak for themselves – he has scored an impressive 46 goals and provided no fewer than 77 assists in 248 matches for the club.
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As Halliday says, full-backs are set up to attack more often than not – just look at how Liverpool’s Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold have revolutionised the position.
Tavernier, valued at £4.5m by Transfermarkt, has been a loyal servant at Ibrox and has continued to produce in the attacking third of the pitch. Whilst his defensive ability could perhaps be improved upon, that does not necessarily make him a poor player.
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