By Saikat Mandal

26th Sep, 2022 | 10:40am

Rangers skipper James Tavernier's form is big concern for Van Bronckhorst

Rangers skipper James Tavernier is going through a dramatic dip in form, and it is a big concern for Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

The 30-year-old is arguably the most consistent player for the Gers in recent years, and he has set high standards for himself for others to follow.

Last season, he scored 18 goals and provided 17 assists in all competitions, and that is a phenomenal record for a right-back.

In the 2020-21 season, he scored 19 goals and provided 16 assists in all competitions for the Bears. Those numbers are hard to match anywhere.

He has already managed three goals and three assists already, and the numbers will suggest that he is on a roll once again.

Tavernier scored a spectacular goal in the opening game of the season against Livingston while grabbing an assist in the previous game against Dundee United.

However, his performances in the 4-0 against Celtic, and the two Champions League defeats indicate a dip in form.

He was flat, poor and ordinary in those games and failed to assert his influence.

Tavernier looks a different beast when he is given the license to join the attack, where he gets more opportunities to put in quality deliveries and get into scoring positions as well.

On the other hand, he has looked flat when the opposition hasn’t allowed the Gers full-back to move freely.

Tavernier is the heartbeat of this side, and when he struggles, the team struggle as well. This is a very worrying sign, as the Bears don’t have enough quality backup options to replace him if required.

He needs to return to his old form, and help the Gers climb up the ladder in the Premiership, as well as get some positive results in Europe.

In other Rangers news, Gary Keown has also slammed the Gers over the latest revelations.