Rangers’ footballer James Tavernier has missed his third spot-kick of the Scottish Premier League season in the 2-1 victory over Motherwell.
But he missed, which means he has missed three spot-kicks this campaign.
This is why manager Steven Gerrard is thinking about taking him off penalty duties.
“I would like the crowd to help him a bit more,” Gerrard said to Sky Sports.
“Sometimes when it’s tough and you are not at your best, you need your crowd to be with you rather than against you.”
“So a plea for the crowd to stay with him because he will play through it and he can change games as he did for us today. It’s a fantastic delivery for Fil’s goal. But James needs his people now, it’s important,” he added.
“There were a few moans and groans and it doesn’t help. I totally get it, I was just as frustrated as them with more than enough, but when you are a player and you are in the firing line and not everything is going for you, you need your people with you and you need your team-mates with you.”
“The fans have been absolutely outstanding with me from the first day but not every player can stay at the top of their game for 60 games,” he commented.
“It doesn’t happen. Players are going to have dips, big players. But when you feel them on your back, even more, it’s very difficult to play through it and find your form as quick as you can.”
“So we need our punters with us. They are always with us in terms of the big picture getting behind the team – but groaning when someone over-hits a cross doesn’t help,” Gerrard concluded.
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— James Tavernier (@James_Tavernier) October 31, 2018