Glasgow Rangers edged past ten-man Aberdeen at Pittodrie to move 22 points clear of Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership table.
Steven Gerrard’s side didn’t have it all their own way, though, as James Tavernier missed a penalty after Ryan Hedges was sent off for fouling Alfredo Morelos inside the box, before the Colombian striker spared his blushes by scoring both sides of the break.
However, the Dons pulled one back when Matty Kennedy finished low past Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor.
However, the Gers held firm and managed to hang onto their slender lead until the end to strengthen their bid for a first title since the 2010/11 season.
Rangers looked understandably jaded given that Gerrard named a largely unchanged team from the crunch Old Firm clash with Celtic, perhaps none more so than Tavernier, who has been linked with an exit to the Premier League in recent months. He reportedly earns around £14,000-per-week at Ibrox.
However, he had a night to forget at Pittodrie, as he suffered a defensive meltdown against the Dons .
SofaScore graded the 29-year-old with a miserable 6.4 rating – the worst out of any Rangers player on the pitch – as he lost possession 28 times, won just six duels from his 19 attempts overall, was dribbled past once and missed a penalty as well to sum up his frustrations.
It’s not very often we get the chance to point out the faults of the club captain but nobody can be exempt from criticism, with Glasgow Live giving him a 6/10 and claiming he ‘missed a penalty and wasn’t at his best for Kennedy’s goal.’
If that weren’t bad enough, it’s fair to say that Tavernier was a bit of a liability at the back, as he also committed two fouls as well, with his teammates Borna Barisic and Glen Kamara committing only one foul between them.
Unfortunately for Gerrard, it’s unlikely that Tavernier will be able to catch much of a break anytime soon as his understudy Nathan Patterson isn’t quite ready for the big stage.
But a trip to Motherwell next on the agenda, Tavernier could perhaps drop out to give a chance to Patterson to stake a claim and give himself a chance to rest his weary legs.
AND in other news, Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos was Steven Gerrard’s hero against Aberdeen…