Rangers captain James Tavernier caught the eye before the Ross County match for all the right reasons and the Gers captain certainly had a few Gers talking after the game for the wrong ones.
Tavernier, 29, was his usual energetic self, providing an outlet and a ball into the box all game down that right-hand side until he was eventually given a breather for Nathan Patterson.
But with the score at 1-0 the Gers captain was tasked with converting a penalty which was well won by Alfredo Morelos, only to force a save from County keeper Ross Laidlaw.
Laidlaw coincidentally had a very strong match for the Staggies and but for a range of saves the Dingwall side might’ve been leaving Ibrox further embarrassed than by the eventual 5-0 scoreline.
Tavernier’s penalty miss is his second in a row after failing to dispatch the club’s last chance from the spot against Aberdeen, hooking the ball wide of the post after Ryan Hedges had been dispatched again for a foul on Alfredo Morelos.
Misses in both matches would do little to temper Tavernier’s enthusiasm with the Gers skipper playing an influential role in Steven Gerrard’s side winning both matches.
Throwing their support behind the Rangers skipper, many Gers fans are backing Tav to turn the corner from the spot and find his form once again on penalty duty:
— John Bain (@bainy81) January 23, 2021
Still love James Tavernier more than anyone in this world
— Jeffco (@Rjeffrey1872) January 23, 2021
Apart from Tavernier’s Penalty it’s been a fantastic performance from the team so far. 🔥🔥🔥
— Jamie (@JW_1872) January 23, 2021
Rangers Twitter when Tavernier misses a penalty. pic.twitter.com/B8n36eQfz0
— Greg (@gregwm85) January 23, 2021
Tavernier has it saved by Laidlaw. Not a dreadful attempt, but not a good one either. He was automatic for a long time, now he's hit a dry spell.
— Christian (@Bussl3r) January 23, 2021
Got people asking if Tavernier should still be on pens when that’s the only two he’s missed all season isn’t it?
— PocaDolly🇮🇹RFC🐻 (@PocaDolly) January 23, 2021
Tavernier on for player of the year and our fans are absolutely slaughtering him for the keeper making a decent save. Our support are clueless at times man.
— Davie (@DavieBarrhead) January 23, 2021
Of course, there are others who are split over the Rangers captain’s role as penalty taker:
Is it OK to criticise Tavernier for missing another penalty, or does it warrant dogs abuse if I do?
— scottelder (@scotteldxr) January 23, 2021
Tavernier off penalties.
— Allan Snedden (@allansnedden) January 23, 2021
Tavernier shouldn't be taking penalties….
— Pranay (@npranay180) January 23, 2021
— Kerri sutherland (@kerrisutherlan2) January 23, 2021
As I said previously, having penalties saved is an occupational if you are the designated taker. Another Tavernier miss #Rangers. Maybe time for a change …
— Stewart Weir* (@sweirz) January 23, 2021
Tavernier missed another penalty, jeez…
— P (@BielsaBall) January 23, 2021
The Rangers fans were in universal agreement pre-match though as James Tavernier’s programme notes went down a storm with the fans.
Here’s how the Ibrox legions reacted to Tavernier’s pre-match rallying cry as the Gers prepared to smash Ross County 5-0.