Former Rangers Striker Criticizes Club’s Key Players for Failing Under Pressure

Former Rangers striker Rory Loy expressed his belief that three key players at Rangers Football Club have shown a consistent inability to cope with the pressure of crucial matches, particularly in tight title races.

Following a goalless draw against Dundee, which further dented Rangers’ Premiership title aspirations, Loy pinpointed captain James Tavernier, defender Connor Goldson, and midfielder John Lundstram as individuals who have faltered when the stakes are high. He emphasized that this pattern is not new, referencing Rangers’ previous title win and Celtic’s subsequent collapse during the 10-In-A-Row bid.

“I don’t think that they have dealt well with the pressure,” Loy stated. “I think some of their stalwarts, Tavernier, Goldson, Lundstram, they’ve been in this position before and anytime that bit of pressure is applied they don’t seem to react well to it.”

Loy pointed out that while these players performed admirably in previous seasons, they appear to struggle during pivotal moments, particularly after the winter break or nearing the end of the season. Despite Rangers’ success in clinching the title when Celtic faltered, Loy believes that the trio’s performance under pressure remains a concern.

“They can’t seem to handle it all that well,” Loy remarked. “They did one season of course, when Celtic capitulated and were not anywhere close to them. But when it comes to this time of the season, where it’s just after the winter break or closer to the end of the season, they don’t seem to be able to handle it very well.”

With Rangers now trailing Celtic by three points in the Premiership standings, Loy stressed the importance of the upcoming Old Firm clash on May 11 at Parkhead. He suggested that Rangers must secure a victory and rely on other teams to hinder Celtic’s progress if they are to revive their title hopes.


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