Derek Ferguson has claimed that Rangers captain James Tavernier should have known better in the challenge that saw him injured against Royal Antwerp.

The Bears defender was forced off in the Europa League clash last week and has since been ruled out for a number of games.

Ferguson believes that the skipper should have been harder in his attempt for the ball and that he put himself at big risk by slightly backing out.

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Speaking on the Blues Brothers podcast on Monday evening, Ferguson questioned the form of Tavernier going into a big challenge.

“The one with Tavernier, I thought going into that challenge, you’ve got to be a bit more solid,” he said.

“I just think he was a bit loose, he’s opened his leg out, if you do that, you’re putting yourself at risk, Tavernier at his age, he should know better how to look after himself in a situation like that.

“That was a disappointment.”

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It appears harsh criticism, but Ferguson will know.

Everyone is taught from a young age not to back out of challenges, and Steven Gerrard was one of the best for being hard-but-fair in his tackles.

Despite being a right-back, the skipper is more known for his skill on the ball, and it appears as though he was caught out during this challenge.

Injuries happen, but when they are avoidable, it is very disappointing, and that is what we are all feeling right now.

It shouldn’t be long until Tavernier returns, and we hope he comes back with a different mindset afterwards, as we charge towards 55 – something he will want to be on the pitch for when it happens.

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