By Pranav Shahaney

15th Sep, 2021 | 6:30am

Clubs not keen on James Tavernier because he is weak defensively

Rangers haven’t received any concrete approach for James Tavernier from top clubs because they’re unimpressed by his defending, claims Hugh MacDonald.

The Herald journalist was discussing Tavernier on the recent episode of the PLZ Football Show on Tuesday.

While waxing lyrical about him going forward, MacDonald wasn’t particularly impressed with what he offers on the defensive side of things.

He said, “If you look at Tavernier in that last 30-40 yards, you would say ‘He’s a top European player’.

“Tavernier’s problem in all his career, has been going that way. That’s where he’s exposed and probably why top clubs haven’t come in for him.”


So many of the modern-day full-backs tend not to be good defensively but phenomenal going forward.

Especially for teams that dominate possession and play inside forwards, like Rangers, their full-backs are often their creative outlets.

They often play as auxiliary wingers and put the opposition defenders on the back foot with their movement up and down the pitch.

Managers tend to have a spare man at the back to cover for them as they believe the reward outweighs the risk and more often than not, it pays off.

It’s quite a ridiculous thing for MacDonald to state as the Gers captain has been ever so consistent over the years.

Big clubs have probably not come in because they don’t think they can tempt him to leave the Ibrox.

Given Tavernier’s age, he’s likely to end his career at the Glasgow outfit and will go down in history as a cult hero for the side, given the role he played in guiding them to number 55.

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