Derek Ferguson believes James Tavernier is a decent player, but by no means a Rangers captain, and the Gers should be looking for a leader in the summer.

Tavernier, who was handed the captain’s armband by Steven Gerrard last summer, has come in for criticism from some quarters for his performances in big games.

The Englishman has enjoyed a commendable return in terms of goals and assists for Rangers this term, but has failed to remain consistent since the turn of the year.

And Ferguson feels Tavernier is one of several players who can struggle to handle the big games and the pressure that comes with playing in them for Rangers.

The Gers legend feels Tavernier is not captain material to lead Rangers and admitted he would look to bring in a more experienced campaigner in the summer.

“I just think there is one or two in there that just maybe don’t handle the big games, don’t handle the pressure [at Rangers]”, Ferguson told Open Goal.  

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“I’ve mentioned Tavernier before, I don’t think he is a captain.

"I think he’s a decent player, but I don’t think he is a captain for Rangers.

“So I'd be looking at that [in the summer], to bring in somebody, [who is] a good experienced player that can get games by the scruff of the neck.

"They've maybe been missing that in the middle of the park as well."

Tavernier has scored 14 goals and registered 20 assists from 54 appearances in all competitions for Rangers this season.