Reports point to three candidates as Gerrard makes big penalty call for Parkhead
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Gerrard makes decision on Rangers penalty taker against Celtic

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.”

Gerrard has made a big call on the training ground. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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.

The Scottish Herald piece identifies Steven Davis as a contender, while the Daily Record points to Ryan Jack and Ryan Kent as further options.

Verdict

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].

Tavernier fails to convert in the Europa League against Feyenoord. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

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.

He’s the most experienced outfield player in the Gers side, the one who has been there and done it before in terms of going to Parkhead and winning. 

By contrast, while both Jack and Kent scored in Old Firms last season, neither has taken a penalty in their senior career.

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