Steven Gerrard has appointed a penalty taker ahead of this afternoon’s derby between Rangers and Celtic with reports pointing to three main candidates.
“I’ve decided who’ll take a penalty if necessary,” he said, as quoted by the Scottish Herald. “I’ve had a chat with some individuals and spoke to the guy who will take the penalty on Sunday. He’s ready if and when we get that opportunity. The penalty taker or takers practice before every game.”
It seems a new spot-kick man has been appointed as a result of the struggles of James Tavernier and Alfredo Morelos.
Tavernier missed three earlier in the season, with his last coming in a Premiership clash against Motherwell in October, while Morelos saw a tame effort saved in the League Cup final earlier this month.
Clearly, the manager didn’t want to reveal who had been handed the duties in advance of the game. However, separate reports have suggested three possible candidates.
This is a tough one for the manager and undoubtedly a problem he’d rather not have.
Having previously stripped Tavernier of the duties, it’s unlikely that Gerrard will go back to his skipper, despite his continued willingness to take responsibility [Daily Record].
It’s difficult to predict who he’ll pluck for, but Steven Davis would be my favourite of the three.
The midfielder recently missed for his country against the Netherlands but had scored his last four prior to that – one for Southampton and three for Northern Ireland.
By contrast, while both Jack and Kent scored in Old Firms last season, neither has taken a penalty in their senior career.