By Jack Cunningham

22nd Nov, 2021 | 10:15pm

Richard Gough slams Rangers man James Tavernier

Richard Gough believes that Rangers star James Tavernier should have addressed the media after the defeat to Hibernian.

The captain decided to leave media duties to Connor Goldson, and the former Scottish defender wasn’t happy about that.

The Gers turned in a dreadful defensive performance to lose 3-1 to Hibs and miss out on another chance at winning a trophy, and Gough wasn’t impressed by Tavernier’s actions.

Speaking on BBC Sportsound [via the Daily Record], Gough said: “Before I talk about that interview, I would want to know why James Tavernier wasn’t out as club captain.

“I can remember being wheeled out most of the time when we lost a game. Walter would say, ‘Can you do the press, Goughie?’

“I was never wheeled out once when we won games – only when we lost. That was my first thinking that the captain normally comes out and faces the press when you’re under the cosh.”

Fair point.

This is a fair point from Gough, and you do have to wonder why Tavernier decided not to say anything.

Of course, you could also argue that it is quite old fashioned to think that the captain has to speak to the media after a defeat.

That isn’t always the case anymore, but still, after losing in such a massive game, you would expect the captain to come out and apologise and speak to the media.

It would be interesting to know why Tavernier decided not to come out and speak, but we will probably never know why he chose to let Goldson address the media instead.

The interview from the Gers centre-back wasn’t great, and he basically admitted that the game was over at 3-1, which isn’t what fans want to hear.

So, Gough is probably right on this occasion, and Tavernier should have spoken instead of Goldson, who made a bit of a fool of himself.

In other Rangers news, Barry Ferguson has had his say on the defeat to Hibs.