Rangers captain James Tavernier may well have missed yet another penalty against Motherwell – his third in four attempts – but he deserves praise for his response.
As per always, Tavernier didn’t hide on what was a turgid Rangers display and eventually inspired his team to victory.
It was Tav’s cross which was met by Filip Helander in the 80th minute for the eventual winner.
This is his captain and whilst there’s a responsibility on the manager’s part to sort his poor form out, he also needs to stand by him.
For all of the frustration surrounding the player, it’s clearly threatening to bubble into hysteria and the fans must take note of it. Support the whole team or stay at home.
“Today, there were a few more groans which is not helpful, but, he’s shown great character by putting in a perfect delivery,” said Gerrard.
“He never hides. I think James needs me at the moment, I think he needs his teammates.
“I don’t think there’s a lot wrong and he’ll play through this and come back to his best, which is top.”
More than anything, he also needs the fans.
For all the nonsense surrounding the captain and his own high profile mistakes in recent weeks, too many of the club’s supporters are getting carried away.
Where this begins is in giving Tavernier credit for his contribution against Motherwell. Yes, he missed a penalty, but if he’s not on the pitch we do not win that game.
His corner turned one point into three. And he’ll win us plenty of more points than he loses this season.