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Rangers must bench James Tavernier

Glasgow Rangers return to Scottish Premiership action this afternoon, welcoming Livingston to Ibrox for what is a must-win tie.

The Light Blues secured a drab 1-0 victory over Dundee in the League Cup on Wednesday evening, however, the performance was lethargic and generally uninspiring as the supporters continue to put pressure on Giovanni van Bronckhorst and his bewildering team selection at times.

The Dutchman will surely ring changes ahead of today’s match, with James Tavernier a player that should be given a rest due to claims he isn’t fit, despite Van Bronckhorst insisting that “he is fine” and a big decision needs to be made.

On the chalkboard

Regardless if the captain is fit or not, he has been a peripheral figure over the previous few weeks, especially in the Champions League. The right-back has an average rating of just 6.5/10 via Sofascore in the competition and was part of the side that shipped seven goals against Liverpool.

His last Premiership match against Motherwell saw the Englishman lose possession a whopping 30 times during the encounter, working out at once every three minutes and many supporters expected Van Bronckhorst to rest him against Dundee.

This didn’t happen and his performance didn’t exactly do much for the club, as they struggled to break down a resolute Dundee side. Youngster Adam Devine must come in against Livingston and be trusted from the start.

The £24k-per-week Light Blues captain has been a wonderful player for the club over the previous few seasons, even being described as a “physical machine” by The Athletic journalist Jordan Campbell.

With the player turning 31 in nine days, injuries and niggles might become more commonplace and blooding youngsters like Devine to deputise makes sense.

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The Dutchman must look through loyalty and play the side that is fit and hungry to achieve success, and some of the Rangers players at the moment look a little bit lost.

Whatever happens, securing three points against Livingston is what matters and the Ibrox side will hopefully put on a more positive performance than what was on show in midweek.

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