The comments of Rangers midfielder Ianis Hagi on the penalty which won the game against Dundee Utd sum up just how much captain James Tavernier stepped up for the club in the win.

The Ibrox skipper, 30, lashed home a powerful penalty past Scott Carson to win the game for Rangers after Scott McMann had foolishly handballed a cross in the box.

It was the defining moment in an afternoon devoid of any real quality and Rangers deserve some credit for eking out the victory despite this underwhelming 90 minutes.

But in a match with few moments, the penalty stands out as the most important and match-defining one with James Tavernier grabbing the ball and powering it home.

Speaking after the game – and whilst he laughed off any suggestion it wasn’t a penalty – Ianis Hagi explained something about Tavernier’s new approach to spotkicks.


The Ibrox captain went through a spell of missing vital penalties and experience has taught him to go with his gut when it comes to hitting them.

Against Dundee United – with the pressure on the crowd increasingly frustrated – Tav never shirked the responsibility, grabbed the ball and won the game.

Rangers captain James Tavernier took responsibility with Dundee Utd penalty

Ianis explained at full-time that with a plethora of talented penalty takers – including himself, Kemar Roofe and Borna Barisic – James Tavernier knows himself when it’s time to hand over the responsibility.

“It’s a clear penalty,” said Ianis [Rangers].

“The ball would’ve came at me so I could’ve had an opportunity to score so yeah it’s a clear penalty.

“I think Tav is the first then obviously myself, Kemar and Borna are good penalty takers.

“Whenever Tav doesn’t feel it or he just wants somebody else to take it I think we’re covered on that spot.”

It’s interesting and given the nervy nature of spot kicks James Tavernier deserves some credit for understanding the ultimate penalty Rangers will face if they miss the opportunity.

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James Tavernier makes the call on Rangers penalties (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It’s solid leadership and gives an insight into the captain’s approach from the spot.

But it also proves that when we needed him, James Tavernier stood up for Rangers against Dundee United.

Rangers fans were rejoicing come the final whistle and eagle eyed supporters spied one off-duty fan enjoying himself at Ibrox.

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