Date: 1st May 2021 at 12:59pm
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This is another call for Steven Gerrard to make, following on from the shoot-out disappointment last weekend.

Is it time to remove the skipper James Tavernier from penalty duty?

With two previous unsuccesful attempts in the Premiership this season, against Ross County and Aberdeen – another followed in what was Rangers first kick last Sunday against St. Johnstone.

That despair was compounded by the fact it was the skipper who literally rose tall to give his side the lead deep into extra-time.

If Rangers get a penalty tomorrow against Celtic – who should get the call?

Will Borna Barisic step-up given his decent return rate.

He boasts three Europa League spot-kick goals this season, as well as netting last week.

There was also his miss from 12 yards in the Premership against Dundee United in February.

Steven Gerrard has previously spoken about confidence and quality in regard to his penalty taker – usually his skipper over the last couple of years.

After a miss in Pittodrie in January, the boss stated:

He stated: “It shows he’s human first and foremost. He’s an excellent penalty taker for sure but he got that one wrong today.”

“But we will still support him and back him.”

“I think when you’re a penalty taker, the reason you’re selected is that it can’t affect you whether it’s successful or not.”

“If you score a goal you can’t let it go to your head, you have to focus on your job and James is a defender.”

“And vice-versa if you miss one and get it wrong. You’ve got to continue doing your job for the team and I thought he did that.”


For now, it could well be a case of as you were.

With the title firmly in the bag, the real pressure is off – although there is a certain expectation for Rangers to provide a strong reaction to the disappointment of the Scottish Cup exit.

Tavernier, Barisic or another – time will tell as far as tomorrow goes, but into the new season it is a matter that will need to be addressed.