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Rangers captain James Tavernier hits out at 'embarrassing' defeat to Celtic

  • Rangers were beaten 4-0 in the Scottish Cup semi-final on Sunday afternoon
  • Rangers captain James Tavernier lambasted his side's embarrassing capitulation
  • Tavernier admitted that fans were right to be disgusted by their efforts

Furious Rangers captain James Tavernier lambasted his side's embarrassing capitulation to Celtic and admitted fans were right to be disgusted by their efforts.

The Ibrox right-back delivered a scathing assessment after Graeme Murty's men failed to lay a glove on their Old Firm rivals in a one-sided Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden. Tavernier pointed towards a woeful lack of fight within their ranks as first-half goals from Tom Rogic and Callum McGregor were added to by penalties from Moussa Dembele and Olivier Ntcham.

Ross McCrorie was ordered off, conceding the first of those spot-kicks to cap a miserable afternoon for Rangers, which has ended any hope of Murty remaining in charge for next season.

Celtic breezed into the Scottish Cup final on Sunday with a comfortable 4-0 win over Rangers

Celtic breezed into the Scottish Cup final on Sunday with a comfortable 4-0 win over Rangers

Furious Rangers captain James Tavernier lambasted his side's embarrassing capitulation

Furious Rangers captain James Tavernier lambasted his side's embarrassing capitulation

Ibrox supporters roundly booed their team's display at the interval, with further jeers heard from the limited number still within the national stadium at full-time.

Tavernier could not argue with that response as he ripped into the limp attitude that caused their heaviest derby defeat of the campaign.

'It was embarrassing,' said Tavernier. 'The bare minimum we ask from all our players is to show fight, passion and energy and we just didn't show that today. It was embarrassing to come off that pitch after a performance like that.

'Were there strong words between the boys? 100 per cent. We know we were way off it today. It's not good enough for this club.

'I can only apologise as much as I can. It's unacceptable for the fans. They turn out in their numbers. The people watching today will be disgusted in the performance we put in and so they should be. It was a very poor performance.' 

Rancour broke out as Rangers slid towards a damaging defeat. Andy Halliday was captured on camera launching a verbal blast after being substituted five minutes before the break as Murty reverted to his regular 4-2-3-1 shape.

Rangers players were left asking questions of themselves after letting four goals slip past them

Rangers players were left asking questions of themselves after letting four goals slip past them

Alfredo Morelos then seemed to aim angry words at Greg Docherty as they made their way off the pitch at full-time, with Bruno Alves attempting to calm him down. The Colombian striker added to his litany of Old Firm misses by sending a shot straight at Craig Gordon, having earlier been denied by two excellent saves.

Tavernier took the team's dismal display personally when asked if he could identify why the necessary effort had not been there.

'Honestly, I can't tell you,' he added. 'It comes down to individuals. Ultimately, you come to Rangers Football Club to play in these big games and to stand out, show what you're made of, and it wasn't there today.

'Did the occasion get to some of the boys? I've no idea. You can speak about the occasion. Obviously, it was massive match for both clubs.

'But all I ask from my players is the bare minimum, to show energy around the pitch and put in a fight and we showed a lack of that, which disappoints me.

'We'll have to go from here and have a big look at ourselves.

'You could see in the early stages we were losing possession too easily and just giving them a chance. Mistakes cost us yet again and it's just not good enough.' Rangers lost 3-2 against ten-man Celtic at Ibrox last month but Tavernier insisted a psychological hangover from that defeat had not been a factor in the way they started at Hampden.

'Not at all,' he said. 'We were second best in almost everything today. It was just unacceptable for Rangers.' 

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