Rival fans have been roundly criticised for promoting the lie that James Tavernier has scored more penalties than the rest of the league combined this season.
It is quite simply not true.
Tavernier (and by proxy Rangers) has taken and scored five penalties in the Scottish Premiership this year. Hearts too have had five penalties (scoring three). Kilmarnock and St. Johnstone have had four each scoring three and one respectively, and Celtic have scored all of the three they’ve been awarded.
There have been 21 penalties across the Scottish Premiership this season, with 14 scored. Tavernier has five of them.
Sadly, the post suggesting Tavernier has scored more than the rest of the league has 1.4k likes. Pretty staggering.
James Tavernier has scored more penalties this season than the other eleven Scottish Premiership clubs combined 😂
— Inside The SPFL (@AgentScotland) November 11, 2018
Why do people want to believe this garbage?
Put simply, because of a belief that Rangers get the rub of the green (or blue) more often than not. It’s mince. In fact, I’d be willing to suggest that these fans know that it is too.
Some rival fans almost obsessively don’t like Rangers and were especially peeved following our demolition of Motherwell. Even some professional pundits are visibly raging. It’s laughable.
The below tweet is also the perfect example of the blind narrative some fans have towards Rangers.
Celtic have *scored* 16 penalties since Rodgers took over. And that’s just in the Scottish Premiership. So nope, not even close.
— Craig Fowler (@craigfowler86) November 12, 2018
The entire thing has obviously been exacerbated because of two reasons. Firstly, Rangers complaint to the SFA regarding Willie Collum and that Daniel Candeias red card.
And secondly, because the penalty decision and resultant red card set Rangers up to tear Motherwell apart.
It really felt as though a corner had been turned and a statement made yesterday. Especially when you consider Celtic were held also held.
We’re two points off the top, and many fans would rather claim we’ve been assisted in getting there than give us credit.
Eros Grezda was superb as Rangers dismantled Motherwell 7-1.