Rangers cruised to victory against St Mirren in the Scottish Premiership yesterday with a 4-0 win.
James Tavernier scored twice from the penalty spot before Jermain Defoe netted a penalty and Ryan Kent added a late fourth.
Rangers were awarded four penalties in the match, three of which were scored and one was missed by Tavernier.
But the Rangers captain showed his unselfish nature with a welcoming gesture for Defoe.
Having already scored twice from the penalty spot, Tavernier had a golden chance to score a hat-trick when Rangers earned another penalty.
But the 27-year-old decided to pass the ball to Defoe to allow the veteran striker to score his first goal at Ibrox.
Defoe did find the net from the spot and expressed his gratitude to his skipper, Rangers’ official Twitter account revealed.
The 36-year-old said: “For the captain to give you the ball when he is on a hat-trick it says a lot about his character and it says a lot about the spirit of the team.”
As a right-back, Tavernier is unlikely to get a better chance to score a treble but he still decided to give Defoe some confidence.
Here are some opinions from Rangers fans, discussing Tavernier’s decision.
— Andy Davidson (@AJD_81) February 2, 2019
Love Tav for this. No ego, get the boy off and running!
— Neil McNaughton (@Neil_McN) February 2, 2019
But Tav isn't captain material because he doesn't shout🙄🙄
— Callum Rankin (@CallumRankin2) February 2, 2019
It was an amazing moment and epitomizes everything a Rangers captain should be…so proud of you.
— Gayle Hulme (@QueenAB1533) February 2, 2019
True gent . Once a Rangers always a Rangers . Well done James true sportsman .
— db (@db51294500) February 2, 2019
Quality decision from our captain @James_Tavernier and the correct 1 to give our strikers the chance to score and breed confidence.
— The Highlander (@jmullan01) February 3, 2019
Very good gesture from the captain. On a hat trick and gives the ball to a team mate.
— Alex Hanley (@biglexy10) February 3, 2019
Love Tav! Genuinely a decent guy and he's always tried to do his best in that shirt!
— RAFbob (@RAF_bob1) February 2, 2019