Rangers captain James Tavernier has explained that he’s still practicing penalties and that he’s happy to step up again if asked.
The penalty situation at Ibrox has been a real problem all season for the Gers and they have scored just four of their nine spot-kicks.
Defender Tavernier has scored just two of the five penalties he has taken this campaign and has been pulled off the duty since the end of October.
Meanwhile, Alfredo Morelos has a 50 per cent success from his two penalties, Jermain Defoe scored his only spot-kick, and Scott Arfield recently missed from 12 yards.
It’s usually a lottery when it comes to penalty kicks, but it’s a really poor record from Steven Gerrard’s team and they are still striving to find a designated taker.
Tavernier has been discussing the bizarre penalty situation ahead of the first leg of a Europa League Round of 32 tie against Braga on Thursday night.
“I’m always available for penalties but it is up to the gaffer and staff to make that decision. I’ve been practising on the training field like I always do if I am called upon,” Tavernier said, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.
“It is good that we have a lot of players willing to step up and take the responsibility but I am more than happy to step up for the team and take them if called upon.”
Tavernier was previously the main penalty taker in the squad and he has converted 20 of the 26 penalties he has had in his senior career.
The 28-year-old right-back may have had a dip earlier in the season when it comes to spot kicks, but it may be time for Gerrard to return to him.
Rangers create enough chances usually in games to kill off teams domestically, but a penalty could be the difference when it comes to something like a European showdown.