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‘EMBARRASSED’ TAVERNIER SAYS SORRY

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DEJECTED Rangers skipper James Tavernier has apologised to fans for their 4-0 Scottish Cup semi-final thrashing from Celtic.

And the right-back admitted he had never been more embarrassed as the Ibrox side collapsed against Brendan Rodgers’ rampant Hoops outfit who dominated the Hampden confrontation yesterday.

It was a humiliating experience as Tom Rogic, Callum McGregor, Moussa Dembele and Olivier Ntcham piled on the misery and the mood in the Govan camp wasn’t helped with the sending-off of Ross McCrorie.

The Hoops are now unbeaten in 10 Old Firm games, winning eight and drawing two and the clubs meet again at Parkhead in the league a week on Sunday.

Tavernier admitted: “The bare minimum we ask for is fight, passion and energy and we just didn’t show that.

“It was embarrassing to come off that pitch after a performance like that.

“I can only apologise. It’s unacceptable for the fans. They turn out in their numbers and people who watched will be disgusted with the performance we put in and so they should. It was very, very poor.

“Were there strong words said between the boys? One hundred per cent, but you’ve got to put them into action. We know we were way off it. It wasn’t good enough for this club or our fans.

“I can’t tell you why there was a lack of effort. It comes down to individuals. Ultimately, you come to Rangers to play in these big games and to stand out, show what you’re made of, and it wasn’t there on this occasion.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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