Chris Sutton has done his best to stoke the flames ahead of the League Cup final on Sunday, dubbing Rangers captain James Tavernier a “serial loser”.
Rangers have a huge chance to win their first trophy under Steven Gerrard on Sunday when they play Celtic in the League Cup final.
However, Sutton was scathing about Rangers and Tavernier specifically.
Talking in the Scottish Sun he said, “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.”
There’s a lot to unpick in there but the bottom line is that it’s so unnecessary to pull out the name of one person.
Tavernier has come in for criticism from Rangers fans this season, no one’s above reproach, but to call him a serial loser just shows Sutton’s true colours. And as a pundit he needs to try to keep some balance on things.
The good thing is that he admits the game is “almost impossible to call” and that Gerrard’s men are “moving in the right direction”.
Hopefully, the criticism will stir Tavernier into pulling out one of his masterful free-kicks to silence the critics once and for all.
As soon as Rangers lift a trophy, these sorts of taunts will be gone for good. The league might be the big one but the League Cup will do for now.