Rangers captain James Tavernier has opened up on his recent penalty miss against Feyenoord – and admitted that Alfredo Morelos joked that he should take “no more penalties” after hitting the post against the Dutch giants.
Tavernier has been clinical from the spot since arriving at Ibrox, scoring 17 times from 12 yards in his time at the club, but has missed four times so far in 2019, including two in this season’s Europa League campaign.
The skipper insisted that El Buffalo has “no chance” of getting to take over for him and admitted that he has “always” wanted to take penalties in his career.
“I have had a bit of grief from a couple of the lads – mainly from Alfredo because he wants to take one. He jokes saying ‘no more penalties’ for me but he has no chance of taking one!” Tavernier said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“I have always wanted to take penalties but I was never given the chance.
“Even if you had said in the first season that I came, I would have taken that responsibility. I love to take responsibility on anything and I believe in myself. Now I’m captain, I am happy to be in that position from 12 yards.”
If Rangers were to be awarded a penalty this afternoon against Aberdeen, you wouldn’t be against Tav scoring it, even after his recent misses.
Although, after hitting the net 30 times last season without the need for penalties, you can only imagine how many goals Alfredo Morelos would have to his name had he been on spot-kicks since his arrival in 2017.
Should Tavernier miss again in the near future then it might be worth taking him off penalties, even temporarily, and taking the added pressure off the captain’s shoulders.