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‘DEVASTATED.’ ADMITS GERS SKIPPER

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CRESTFALLEN Rangers skipper James Tavernier has backed the Ibrox side to come roaring back after yesterday’s 1-0 Betfred League Cup Final loss to Celtic.

Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox oufit dominated the encounter for lenghty spells, but were defied by a heroic Hoops keeper Fraser Forster who topped an outstanding performance with a marvellous penalty-kick stop from Alfredo Morelos just moments after Christopher Jullien had claimed the game’s only goal on the hour mark.

Astonishingly, the Frenchman’s effort was the Parkhead men’s only shot on target in 96 minutes of frantic action at the rain-lashed national stadium as they racked up their tenth successive domestic honour.

Tavernier has yet to lift a major trophy at Ibrox and was branded a “serial loser” by BT Sports pundit Chris Sutton, the ex-Celtic striker, in the run-up to the match.

While the Englishman was keen to stress the pain of the defeat, he also praised his side’s overall performance.

The right-back, speaking to the Daily Record, admitted: “I’m devasted. I’m really devastated.

“I’ve got no fault with every man in that dressing room. We’ve left everything out on that pitch. We outplayed them in every department, but Fraser Forster kept them in the game with incredible saves.

“At the time, after looking back at the goal, I didn’t realise how blatantly offside it was.

“It’s disappointing because there are three of them offside and the official has to see that.

“It’s blatant and that just makes it a bigger blow.”

 

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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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