Rangers will need to be at their very best if they are to beat Celtic on Sunday, and there is surely no pundit who’d live them to slip up more than Chris Sutton would. 

The ex-Hoops man seems to struggle with impartiality on occasion, or at the very least, seems reserve a lot of scorn for the boys from Ibrox.

And he appears to be up to his old tricks again ahead of the this weekend’s meeting at Parkhead.

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This time he has singled out skipper James Tavernier for criticism.

Speaking on BT Sport, as quoted by the Daily Record, he said: “I think Tavernier is the weak link – or one of the weak links – at the back for Rangers, so I’d like to see Mikey Johnston up against him.”

Let’s disregard that sly dig at Tav being “one of the weak links” at the back for a second, and focus instead on Sutton picking out the captain in the first place.

Tavernier is an exceptional presence in this Rangers side, and even if he isn’t the best defender at Steven Gerrard’s disposal, you can’t underestimate how important to have player like him on the frontline rallying and marshalling those around him.

And that’s without his influence going forward. So far this term, he has produced 12 assists already from right-back, as per Transfermarkt.

That is such a valuable secret weapon for the Gers, and while Sutton can harp on all he likes about weak links at the back, it would perhaps serve him well to realise that it could be the Bhoys who are chasing Tav, and not the other way around.

One more thing to consider too, the Bears have actually conceded one goal fewer than their bitter rivals going into this clash, so once again, maybe Sutton should be focusing on problems closer to home.

In other news, Pundit outlines major boost for Rangers ahead of Old Firm showdown v Celtic.

 

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