Chris Sutton has warmed up for Sunday’s League Cup Final by saying the things that other experts daren’t go near.
The BT Sport pundit will be centre stage on Sunday as the broadcaster begins their Hampden coverage from 9am.
Sutton has earned his reputation by wading head first into the big issues and doesn’t mess about when it comes to Sunday’s clash.
Both clubs face the media today and as much as he’ll deny it Sutton’s comments will have gone to the heart of Steven Gerrard’s thinking while Neil Lennon will create a safe distance between the views of his former team-mate.
As recently as Wednesday night the Ibrox boss criticised his leaders for letting a 2-0 lead slip away at Aberdeen with Sutton’s main criticism aimed straight at James Tavernier.
The Sun reports the former Celtic striker saying:
While Rangers are moving in the right direction, they have to win silverware. The league’s the big one but they need to win something. Sunday is almost impossible to call. Will it run through the Rangers players’ minds the fact that the likes of James Tavernier has been there for a number of years now and been a serial loser?
With the greatest respect to the Petrofac Training Cup, the last proper one they lifted was nine seasons ago. Rangers don’t want to be known as a nearly team. Steven Gerrard won’t want to be known as a nearly manager. Second is last in Glasgow — that’s always been the case.
Taverner was a £250,000 signing from Wigan at the start of the Warburton Revolution and was made captain when Gerrard took over as manager in May 2018.
Last season the Ibrox side lost out in both cup competitions to Aberdeen- in the League Cup at Hampden in the semi-final and at home in a Scottish Cup replay.
The League Cup is the only trophy that Neil Lennon hasn’t won as a manager, the Irishman has won the Scottish Cup three times and the SPFL four times as a manager.