Ex-Scottish Premiership striker Noel Whelan his hit out Rangers captain James Tavernier for not doing a good enough job of motivating his teammates. 

The full-back admitted earlier in the week that he was stumped by the Gers’ recent slump in form – a shaky run that has seen them slip to 10 points behind league leaders Celtic.

But Whelan has argued that the skipper must do more to prepare his troops for battle.

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Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “The captain’s got to be the leader in there, he’s got to be the talker, the one pushing and demanding.

“Not enough of the players have obviously toed the line on that cry to pump their chests out and get the job done. You’d have expected them to go and beat Kilmarnock, too many draws and poor performances.

“Steven Gerrard said even in the cup games that he wasn’t happy with their performances. He’s obviously not happy with the way that they’ve come back in the second half of the season.”

Is Whelan right to call out Tavernier?

It feels like a bit of an odd one to be singling out Tavernier, truth be told.

Sure, it’s not the best look for the captain to be coming out and claiming that he doesn’t know what’s going on with his own squad, but the reality of that admission is probably a whole lot less disparaging than it sounds.

In all likelihood, Tavernier will be looking at a team that have not drastically changed any of their practices since the winter break but have suddenly ground to halt – just like the rest of us are.

Let’s just hope that he and the rest of the squad can figure out what’s going on before even the faintest glimmer of title race hope is extinguished.

In other Rangers news, ‘Bring him home’ – These Gers fans beg club to recall ‘£50m’ loanee back to Ibrox.

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