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AXE TAVERNIER: EX-GER’S ADVICE TO GERRARD

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STEVEN GERRARD must AXE James Tavernier as the Rangers captain.

That’s the advice from former Ibrox striker Kevin Kyle as pressure mounts on the under-fire right-back.

Tavernier has struggled in the general malaise at the club that has seen them drop 13 points behind pacesetters and champions Celtic in the race for the title.

And that gap could be stretch to 16 by this evening if Neil Lennon’s men beat St Mirren at Parkhead this afternoon before Gerrard takes his troops to Dingwall for a tricky encounter with Ross County at High Noon tomorrow.

The Govan gaffer has admitted he will be having talks with the defender, but Kyle insists he should get the chop because he has cost his side points since the turn of the year where they have lost to Hearts (2-1), Kilmarnock (2-1) and Hamilton Accies (1-0) and drawn with Aberdeen (0-0) and St Johnstone (2-2).

Speaking on Open Goal’s podcast, the ex-hitman said: “Tavernier gets away with murder. He’s costing them games, a lot of points over the few seasons I’ve watched him.

“Should he be captain? No. Why is he the captain? What has he done in his football career that merits him being the captain of Rangers? Steven Davis, Allan McGregor have won trophies and league titles with Rangers, they’ve gone down south and had wonderful football careers and come back.

“They’re the types of people that people look up to, they want to listen to what they’ve got to say. Do you think someone’s wanting to listen to wee Tavernier? I just don’t get it. Take the captaincy off him.

“For a while, he stopped taking free-kicks and corners, maybe that relieved a wee bit of pressure from him.

“Maybe take the captain’s armband off him and let him continue to try and play football because he’s not a bad footballer. They’re just going through a bad time.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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