If there was one small blot in a pretty smooth afternoon for Rangers, it was the negative we deliberately omitted from James Tavernier’s solid 7 rating – that second missed penalty in a row.
Following on from his miss at Pittodrie, Tavernier’s record, previously 100%, is now just a little bit more shoogly and we do wonder if it might be time to open the penalty taking floor up to others.
Of course, neither missed penalty cost a thing – both matches in question were wins.
But Tavernier has been untouchable on penalties and the truth is his last two have been absolutely terrible.
According to online media, fans seem happy for him to continue on penalties, and we have little doubt he will, but we would definitely imagine some real doubt among fans at large will kick in if he misses the next one.
Of course, as we made the previous caveat, it hasn’t cost the side anything, and we’re sure Tav has the mental strength to recover from these misses and find the net again.
But if on the chance he does fail to beat the keeper (or the post) next time, it’s not an unreasonable notion that others be given the chance to take a penalty or two now and then.
We know we know, he’s the designated taker, and till Pittodrie his record was ridiculous.
But in line with his overall (slight) dip in form from ‘bonkers’ to ‘very good’ it does seem the penalties have gone south a little too.
There’s no shame in letting others take a penalty now and then. No shame at all.