By James Black
Rangers defender James Tavernier has warned his team-mates to be prepared for a physical battle with Motherwell in the Scottish League Cup semi-final – insisting the Gers “can’t have any cowards” in their side.
The Light Blues face Motherwell at Hampden on Sunday afternoon looking to book a place in next month’s final against Old Firm rivals Celtic and Tavernier has issued a stern remind to his Ibrox colleagues on what to expect against Stephen Robinson’s side.
Tavernier is now one of the longest serving players at Ibrox after signing up during the summer of 2015 and the defender is desperate to add a major trophy to his collection after winning the Scottish Championship and Scottish Challenge Cup with the club.
Rangers haven’t lifted a major trophy since 2011 and the League Cup will be many of Pedro Caixinha’s squads first experience of playing at the national stadium.
“Teams are aggressive against us so we have to match it in the right way,” Tavernier said, as quoted by the Daily Record website.
“We’ll bring the fight to them.
“We can’t have any cowards in the team – we just need to go out there with a good mentality and take the game to them.
“They’re an aggressive side, a big side, so we know what we have to look out for.
“But we’ve played good football this year, especially against St Johnstone last time out, so we need to be careful not to give away any stupid free-kicks so they can play to their strengths.
“We need to keep our heads and we know if we do, we’ll definitely score goals.
“But you can’t go into a game and not expect to be kicked, no matter who you’re playing.”
The two sides have already met this season with the Gers running out winners at Fir Park on the opening day of the season after Graham Dorrans’ debut double.
Motherwell currently sit one point behind Caixinha’s side in the Scottish Premiership after a promising start to their league campaign.
Celtic eased past Hibs 4-2 in Saturday’s other semi-final with the final taking place on November 26 at Hampden.
If Rangers can get by Motherwell it’ll be the first time Caixinha’s side have won three games consecutively since the Portuguese was appointed manager in March.
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