Rangers captain James Tavernier is normally Mr. Reliable from the penalty spot but two recent misses should see him move to the back of the queue.

Last night’s penalty miss in the 0-0 draw with Kilmarnock was Tav’s second in a week and there’s a risk teams are getting too familiar with him.

21st October 2018, Hope CBD Stadium, Hamilton, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Hamilton Academical versus Rangers; James Tavernier of Rangers makes it 3-1 to Rangers from the penalty spot in the 86th minute

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Even during the midweek win over Aberdeen, Tavernier’s spot kick was almost kept out by Dons’ keeper Joe Lewis.

With Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe both waiting in the wings, Rangers aren’t short of options.

Before last weekend’s St. Mirren clash, Tavernier had eight penalties without error but now sits on 11 scored and two missed.

KILMARNOCK, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 09: Jermain Defoe of Rangers battles for possession with Youssouf Mulumbu of Kilmarnock FC during the Scottish Cup 5th Round match between Kilmarnock and Rangers at Rugby Park on February 9, 2019 in Kilmarnock, Scotland.

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Nowadays, goalkeepers will study previous penalties and put in the time to learn where a player is likely to aim for.


Mixing it up a bit and allowing someone else to take on the responsibility should hopefully benefit.

Every point between now and the end of the season is absolutely crucial.

LIVINGSTON, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 27: Alfredo Morelos of Rangers (20) celebrates with team mates as he scores his team's third goal during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Livingston and Rangers at Tony Macaroni Arena on January 27, 2019 in Livingston, United Kingdom.

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Steven Gerrard should be looking at doing everything he can to help his side – and if it means changing who takes the penalties then so be it.

Even the possibility of rotating between the three players would make it a bit more difficult for keepers to know where the penalty is going to go.

Just think how many goals Morelos might’ve had this season if he was taking penalties too.

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