James Tavernier Urges Rangers Teammates to Take Responsibility After Defeat to Celtic

After Rangers’ disappointing defeat to Celtic on Sunday, James Tavernier has called on his teammates to step up and take responsibility for their performance. The Ibrox crowd expressed their frustration by booing the team off the pitch, leaving Rangers trailing their Old Firm rivals by four points in the Scottish Premiership. Tavernier acknowledged the fans’ reaction and stressed the need for collective accountability within the squad.

He acknowledged the fans’ disappointment and deemed their reaction justified. He said, “Well, [the reaction] is justified. It’s as simple as that. We didn’t get the result the fans wanted and it’s totally justified. It’s obviously international week, but it’s down to us boys who are still going to be here to correct things.”

Rangers’ poor start to the season, including an embarrassing defeat to PSV, has left them trailing their Old Firm counterparts and sitting fourth in the Scottish Premiership. Tavernier, however, refused to make excuses, even though the team includes new signings who are still finding their rhythm. He emphasized the need for collective responsibility, stating, “It’s not an excuse [having new signings that need to gel]. But we as a team have to be responsible. All of us, collectively, and obviously individually. All of us, including myself, have to keep working hard and keep pushing ourselves.”

This recent period has been disheartening for Rangers fans, who had high expectations of an Old Firm victory and Champions League qualification. Instead, they find themselves watching another year of Europa League football while Celtic tops the table. The defeat to PSV had already dampened spirits, and the match against Celtic, seen as an opportunity for redemption, ended up being a source of embarrassment.

One of the noticeable issues for Rangers is the slow integration of their new signings into the squad. Tavernier acknowledged this concern but refrained from using it as an excuse. The team appears to be functioning as 11 individuals on the pitch rather than a cohesive unit with a consistent pattern of play.