Alan Hutton has revealed what he has heard about the character of James Tavernier after the defender was warned about being dropped from penalty duty at Rangers.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Gers defender and lifelong fan at Ibrox says that the 28-year-old is said to be a confident individual who should be able to handle the pressure he has found himself under.
Manager Steven Gerrard admitted that he has considered taking the right-back off penalty duties at Ibrox, having missed his third spot-kick of the season against Motherwell on Sunday.
Hutton insists that the full-back will want to take the Gers’ next penalty kick should he be given the opportunity but says that the manager’s decision will determine if he gets that chance.
Hutton told Football Insider: “From what I hear of him as a person, he can handle this sort of thing. It’s about playing their way out of a bad situation, stripping it back and doing the simple things well.
“I’m sure that’s what his manager’s been saying to him, he probably just needs a little bit of backing from everyone around him and I’m sure he’ll come back out the other side a stronger player.
“I’m sure he’ll be desperate to take it (the next penalty). Ultimately it’ll be manager’s choice, if he decides to change it you have to go with what he says. He’s the type of boy, he looks confident in my opinion, I’m sure if one came up and they allowed him to take it, he would want to step up.”
Tavernier has been a mainstay for Gerrard this season with 20 appearances already under his belt, netting three goals and contributing nine assists.
As well as taking penalties, Tavernier has also been the Gers’ free-kick specialist, helping him to 46 goals and 68 assists in his 217 games for the Glasgow giants.