Ally McCoist has slammed James Tavernier for his role in Rangers conceding their first goal of the night against Benfica at Ibrox on Thursday.

Steven Gerrard’s side were 2-0 up before an own-goal by 29-year-old Tavernier paved the way for Pizzi to net an equaliser for the Portuguese club just minutes later.

And McCoist was unhappy with Tavernier’s role in how his own-goal came about.


Although the right-back could do little about knocking the ball into his own net, McCoist was unhappy with the captain’s inability to deal with an aerial ball into the box that was won by Benfica forward Everton.

“It’s poor defending and to be fair to the captain, he said it himself, he should do better,” said McCoist on BT Sport 3 on Thursday night. “He allows Everton to get in front of him. It’s a header he should be winning.

“The ball drops to [Haris] Seferovic, who should score but doesn’t. He completely miskicks it and then it drops to [Goncalo] Ramos. He should score but [Allan] McGregor makes a fantastic save but it’s unfortunate because it comes back of Tavernier and into the net.

“It was a horrible goal. It was scrappy, everything about it.

“We were blessed with Roofe’s goal and then we see one which still counts just the same as a goal but it was a very poor goal to lose.”


It was a thoroughly entertaining match at Ibrox on Thursday night and McCoist did admit later in his post-match reaction that a draw was a fair result.

While we can see why the Ibrox legend would say that, Rangers were still two goals ahead and that Tavernier own-goal was preventable.

However, Benfica are a top side.

If there were only a handful of sides in the Europa League group stages who could stage a comeback like that it would be the Lisbon giants.

Still, Rangers are in a great position to qualify for the Europa League knock-out stages with two wins and two draws from their four group matches so far.

Up next for the Light Blues is a home tie against Standard Liege.

Win that and Gerrard’s men will be in the final 32 of the competition.

In other Rangers news, this young attacker has agreed a new contract at Ibrox.


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