Flak can spur Tavernier
Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister has advised James Tavernier to turn criticism into a motivating tool as he backed his skipper to win over the fans.
Manager Steven Gerrard urged supporters to lay off Tavernier after the right-back missed his third penalty of the season during Sunday’s 2-1 win over Motherwell.
Gerrard felt sections of the Ibrox crowd were making life difficult for the full-back by groaning at over-hit crosses and could offer him more support.
Tavernier came under fire earlier this month after his error led to a stoppagetime defeat against Young Boys in the Europa League.
McAllister’s own career was profoundly affected by jeers from his own fans – especially in internationals.
The former Motherwell, Leicester, Leeds and Coventry midfielder retired from international duty in April 1999 at the age of 34 after being booed by some Scotland fans during a defeat by the Czech Republic at Celtic Park.
Ahead of tonight’s trip to face Ross County in Dingwall, McAllister said: “You can use that criticism as a wee bit of incentive to show people.”
However, McAllister stopped short of giving Tavernier a vote of confidence over penalty duties.