RANGERS skipper James Tavernier has dismissed Chris Sutton’s remarks claiming he is a “serial loser” as being irrelevant.

The former Celtic striker insisted the defender will forever be remembered as a failure if he doesn’t help bring silverware to the Ibrox club.

The Hoops have dominated Scottish football over the past three years and Neil Lennon is looking to lead the eight-in-a-row champions to their TENTH successive domestic honour when they meet Gers in the Betfred League Cup Final at Hampden.

However, the defender is convinced he and his team-mates can halt the run on Sunday.

CAPTAIN’S ROLE…James Tavernier is ready to play his part for Rangers.

Tavernier, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “It is a Final against Celtic, so it is one of my biggest games as captain of this club.

“I have full belief in the squad, we have improved so much as a squad since the gaffer came in and competed against European giants. It all comes down to who wants it more on the day.

“”Comments from pundits are irrelevant. I am here to do a job and fully believe in this squad and what we are capable of doing. We have to win games and win trophies, we haven’t come here to be second best. We have to win silverware for the fans.

“Since the gaffer gave me the armband, I have enjoyed the responsibility and the role, it makes we want to do better for the boys, the manager and the club. I want to repay everyone with a trophy.”

The Ibrox outfit slipped two points behind the Hoops in the title race in midweek when they let slip a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Aberdeen at Pittodrie while Scott Brown was scoring a stoppage-time winner against Hamilton Accies at Parkhead.

Tavernier added: “Wednesday was disappointing, that game is done now and we have to defend for our lives and give everything on Sunday.

“We have come a long way as a squad and we have to deliver, the fans have waited long enough and so have enough of the boys in changing room.”



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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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