Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister has left the door open to taking club captain James Tavernier off penalty duty after his third missed spot-kick of the season against Motherwell last weekend.
The Gers got the win eventually, 2-1, but Tavernier finding the net with his penalty would have made it a more comfortable afternoon and McAllister has had his say.
As per the Daily Express, he said: “Time will tell. It would be unwise for me to give any clues about who’s going to be taking penalties but it’s an issue that’s been sorted. It takes strength of character, when the next one comes around, to step forward.
“But there does come a moment – and I’ve had penalties taken off me – when the situation arises. James’ record has been very good – recently not so good – and we’ve addressed it, but I don’t want to give that away.”
TBR’s View – Someone else should be handed the next Rangers spot-kick to take heat off Tavernier
Tavernier needs the fans to stick with him in terms of his performances but perhaps McAllister and Steven Gerrard will feel it’s best to take him out of the spotlight by handing their side’s next penalty to someone else.
It can become a mental thing more than anything else and if there’s a player on the pitch in a better frame of mind to take spot-kicks, they should put the ball on the spot next time Rangers get one. It should help all around.