Someone better get the tissues out for Rangers captain James Tavernier.
No sooner had his side lost the Betfred Cup final to Celtic was he out moaning about how much of the game Rangers had and apparent decisions that didn’t go their way.
Come full-time, the score read Rangers 0-1 Celtic. Despite their 18 shots on goal (BBC), Steven Gerrard’s side failed to put a single one away. They were met by Celtic’s last piece of resistance, or as Rangers will surely now label him, The Great Wall. Indeed, Fraser Forster put in a heroic man-of-the-match display to ensure we left Hampden with the cup.
And it appears that Tavernier just couldn’t believe his side’s luck as he had a few pops at Celtic. Speaking to his club’s official YouTube channel, here’s what he had to say as he held back the tears:
“I’m devastated. I’ve got no fault with every man in that dressing room. We outplayed them in every department. Fraser kept them in the game. Obviously looking back at the goal, we didn’t realise how blatantly offside it was.
“It’s disappointing because that was their only chance on target. The officials have got to see that. Three of them are offside and it’s blatant. That just makes it a bigger blow in the end – definitely.
“We didn’t let them breathe. The reaction will be there and our time will come.”
Aye okay James
If you’re a Rangers fan, surely you’re now getting sick of the “we’ll do it tomorrow” narrative. Every time we get a result against them it seems to be a case of wait until next time.
Tavernier was labeled a “serial loser” in the run-up to the game by Chris Sutton (Scottish Sun). You know what? Sutton couldn’t have been more spot-on here. Tavernier is looking to blame anyone but his own side for failing to convert their chances.
It’s also humouring to see him conveniently try to side-step the Mikey Johnston sitter in the second-half too by saying our goal was the only chance “on target” that we had. Whether they like it or not, we could and should’ve buried them with 10 men.
Let’s not forget that both Scott Arfield and Alfredo Morelos were also lucky to stay on the pitch for their conduct during the game too. At the end of the day, Rangers were given their penalty and man-advantage by Willie Collum yet still couldn’t do anything with it. It was a spineless final half an hour from Gerrard’s team, and Tavernier hardly stepped up either.
Neil Lennon must be laughing his head off reading this “poor Rangers” narrative that will try to be pressed. Celtic defended for their lives and dealt with Morelos well in stages.
It’s all about putting the ball in the net. Once again on the big occasion, Tavernier’s Rangers choked whilst Celtic dug in to secure 10 consecutive domestic trophies.