James Tavernier has vowed to defend with his life against Celtic on Sunday.
It was a strange phrase to use by the Ibrox skipper, the type normally associated with a plucky lower division club going away to play against a much stronger side.
The last time that Tav faced Celtic at Hampden he was on the end of a 4-0 hiding that proved to be too much for Kenny Miller and Lee Wallace to handle.
Both players were given club suspensions and dines, which were over-turned on appeal as Graeme Murty’s regime went into meltdown with captain Tavernier escaping the fall-out.
This morning the former Wigan defender woke up to headlines about being a serial loser and gave another unconvincing display in front of the cameras before training this morning.
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It was disappointing you know to go 2-0 up then get brought back to 2-2 and losing two points. But you know that game is done now, you know we can’t mourn over that game, you know we can’t rectify that game.
We’ve just got work hard, prepare right for Sunday and you know, got to obviously defend for our life’s on Sunday because we know it’s going to be a tough game. And you know if we get that job right you know we’ll create chances.
After the draw at Aberdeen, Steven Gerrard demanded more from his leaders in terms of game management. Having started 29 matches this season Tavernier looks a certainty to lead the Ibrox side on Sunday against Celtic.