Steven Gerrard has discussed James Tavernier and penalties ahead of Sunday’s trip to St Johnstone, as quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times.
The Gers skipper hit the post with an early spot-kick against Feyenoord on Thursday, meaning he’s now missed his last two from the spot.
However, his overall record from 12 yards remains strong and the manager says it will be up to the player as to whether or not he continues with the duties.
Gerrard to ask Rangers star Tav about spot-kicks
“I will have a chat with him over the penalty because that is two on the spin now and get a feel for where he is at with it now,” said Gerrard, as quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times. “Penalty takers miss penalties – that is the way it is unless you are Harry Kane at the minute.”
“The chat I will have with James is, are you confident you will score the next one? Do you want to take the next one? Then we will deal with the situation from there…I can’t see him saying no but you will know when we get the next one!”
It can’t have been a nice feeling for the skipper to miss at Ibrox in Europe, but the 27-year-old is a confident player. Therefore, it would be a major surprise to see him relinquish responsibility after two recent setbacks.
Another miss in the near future would likely have fans clamouring for change. However, for now, given his track record, he probably remains the best man for the job.
The skipper notched a remarkable 14 goals and 14 assists in the league last season and opened his 2019/20 account against Livingston last Saturday. He continues to be a major attacking threat down the right as well as through his delivery from set pieces and he will be crucial today as the Gers look to get through a Saints block.