After yet another false dawn the patience of Ibrox fans with Steven Gerrard is starting to be tested with one particular blind-spot. James Tavernier.
Away to Young Boys in the Europa League Tav was at fault for both goals as a stunning victory on foreign soil was transformed into defeat.
True to form the former Wigan utility man was back to his best against Hamilton Accies with his faults forgiven as the Ibrox side moved into top place following Celtic’s defeat at Livingston.
That weekend of celebration was followed by the international break with Tav left out of Gareth Southgate’s plans allowing him extra rest and preparation time to face Hearts at Tynecastle.
“I don’t think we were good today.”
“We certainly see it as two points dropped.”
Steven Gerrard gives an honest take on Rangers’ 1-1 draw away to Hearts…
That laugh when asked about the defending for the opening goal ? pic.twitter.com/pzrz3MvM15
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Six minutes into the match however it was business as usual. A fresh air header at knee height allowed the ball to eventually drop to Roytaro Meshino who put Hearts in front.
After that things went downhill badly for the man with the armband. Alfredo Morelos equalised before half-time but as the ball fell to Tav passes and crosses were overhit without any danger of the Number 2 board being held up for a substitution.
In the final minute of stoppage time he did win a free kick 30 yards from goal, the big guns jostled for positions in the penalty box waiting for delivery. After making his Ronaldo-like preparation Tav floated the free kick into the hands of goalkeeper Joel Pereira.
BT Sport had gone off air from Tynecastle by the time Gerrard emerged from the away dressing room, his smirking and grinning interview didn’t do him any favours, lengthening his prospects of replacing Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.