By Nick Ware

26th Apr, 2021 | 10:25am

Kris Commons claims Rangers lack key Scott Brown characteristics

Kris Commons has piled in on Rangers after they crashed out of the Scottish Cup on penalties to St Johnstone on Sunday evening.

The Light Blues were a shadow of their formidable self at Ibrox as they exited the competition at the quarter-final stage to the Saints.

It means the Scottish Premiership is the only silverware they will be lifting this season, though there is still the chance to go through the league season undefeated.

But Commons claims Sunday’s defeat proves there is one big difference between Scott Brown and Rangers players.

“The other part of what it takes mentally to be an Old Firm player is that innate desire and hunger to keep winning trophies,” he told the Daily Mail, via the Daily Record.

“It is something which has to come from within. You need to have a relentless desire for more. To always be looking towards your next achievement in football.

“Scott Brown is the epitome of this in Scottish football. He will lead Celtic out at Ibrox for the final time next weekend. Brown has won 22 major honours during his time at Celtic Park.

“He is a winning machine, having racked up trophy after trophy over the years. He is ruthless and relentless. Those are two words which, for all their success in the league this year, I don’t feel we can really apply to Rangers.”

Easy dig

The jokes and jibes were to be expected after such a disappointing loss and there’s no getting past how frustrated fans are likely to be after another premature Scottish Cup exit.

It will be the 11th season out of 12 that we have failed to reach the final, and we couldn’t even get to the final four despite dumping out Celtic in the previous round.

That hurts, but does that mean we cannot be termed as ruthless and relentless?

We’ve still gone 35 Premiership games unbeaten and stand three away from a season of invincibility.

You don’t rack up those sort of statistics without being cold-blooded.

We’re the easy target now and that was always inevitable, but we shouldn’t lose sight of this historic season and the successes we’ve enjoyed, even if we have taken a slight hit of late.

In other Rangers, news, Sutton & Savage row over Steven Gerrard after Rangers shoot-out defeat v Saints.