The Rangers Captain Candidates

John Greig, Barry Ferguson and Richard Gough are just some of the greats that have worn the captain’s armband whilst at Rangers.

The Glasgow club still see the captain’s role as a huge honour.

New manager Steven Gerrard also knows the importance of being a team’s leader on the pitch, he was famous for being Liverpool’s skipper for the majority of his career and he also took over the England captaincy  during the Roy Hodgson era.

Gerrard has arrived at Ibrox this summer and one detail that he still needs to iron out is who’s going to be his club captain.

Lee Wallace has held the honour in recent years but the left-back has fallen out of favour with the Gers board and there’s nothing to suggest he’ll play for the club again. Wallace only has a year left on his deal, had plenty of injury problems last season and is currently disputing a club fine that he was given after a dressing room incident involving former interim manager Graeme Murty.

With all that hanging over Lee’s head, it’s fair to assume he won’t be the skipper next term.

So who’ll be given the opportunity next season?

Allan McGregor

The goalkeeper has rejoined Rangers this summer.

During his initial spell in Govan; Allan won three Scottish top flight titles, three Scottish Cups and five League Cups. He was also part of the Rangers squad that reached the UEFA Cup final in 2008.

McGregor is also a big game player and would often produce top performances against city foes Celtic.

He’s a player with plenty of experience, knows what it means to win things at Rangers and can be pretty vocal.

The goalie has had a history of controversy too and that could prove to be a negative against his name. Plus some gaffers don’t like having a keeper as their captain.

Connor Goldson 

The new signing is a commanding centre-back and people at his old club Brighton & Hove Albion believe he also possesses plenty of leadership qualities.

He’s another one that can be vocal on the pitch. Gerrard has already stated that he believes that Connor can come in and defend the Gers badge and ‘cajole the defence’. Goldson is clearly a player that Steven believes can lead by example.

The defender has hinted that he’d take the role if offered but he was very diplomatic about the whole situation (another sign of a captain?):

“There are people that have been here a lot longer than me, people who have already been captain.”

“So I can’t sit here and say ‘yes, I want to be captain of the football club’. It would be amazing but there are other candidates and other people who could be captain. It’s not for me to talk about at the minute.”

Would it be right to give the captaincy to a new signing?

James Tavernier 

The right-back had a strong season last term and seemed to improve defensively. Tavernier was one of those that did wear the armband during the last campaign and he seemed to thrive with having it on his arm.

He was certainly chuffed to be handed the role.

It could be a case of giving an air of familiarity to the team by keeping Tavernier on as the club captain.

The Gers support might not give the full-back their full backing as they were less than impressed when James came out last season and suggested he was happy with a draw against Aberdeen.

Greg Docherty

If Gerrard wants to replicate what happened to him in terms of becoming a young skipper, then he could give the captain’s armband to Greg Docherty.

Greg made fourteen appearances for the Glasgow giants since his move from Hamilton Accies in January and he’s already a fan favourite. He’s also a declared boyhood Gers fan.

The player himself is extremely passionate, you could see that by the way he had a go at teammate Alfredo Morelos after a Celtic defeat last season.

The midfielder is also keen on learning under new boss Steven Gerrard:

“I’m hugely excited. For a young midfielder like myself, I’ve obviously looked up to him as a player and now he’s a manager,”

“I can learn off him and Gary McAllister as well – two legends of the game. If I listen to them and take on board what they say, then hopefully I can improve.” 

It might be too early for Docherty but that’s for Gerrard to decide.

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