By Danny Wright

Chris Sutton has blasted James Tavernier for his bold claim that Rangers can still win the Scottish Premiership title despite slipping eight points behind Celtic after Saturday’s Old Firm loss.

The Hoops eased to a 2-0 victory over their bitter Glasgow rivals courtesy of second-half goals from Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths.

That victory put Brendan Rodgers’ side in a commanding position at the top of the Premiership standings, five points clear of second placed St Johnstone after just seven games played.

However Rangers star Tavernier remained defiant and pressed that his side were still in contention to win the league title ahead of Celtic.

“We can definitely still challenge for the title. We’ve got three more games against them and we have to make the other big games count,” he said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

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“It’s still early in the season so we’ve got to work hard and address Hamilton on Friday night now.”

Former Celtic striker Sutton doesn’t shy away from shooting down his old rivals, and that was the case again on Sunday morning when he blasted Tavernier’s claim.

“I don’t know about [finishing] second, but I saw James Tavernier quotes this morning saying that can still challenge Celtic for the title. Come on,” blasted the puzzled ex-England international, as shown on BT Sport’s official Facebook account on Sunday.

Rangers have lost all three Old Firm clashes while Pedro Caixinha has been in charge of the club, losing five of the six meetings across all competitions last season.

The only time they avoided defeat last term was while Graeme Murty was in the dug-out as Caixinha watched on from the stands in a 1-1 draw in March.

In other Rangers news, Scott Brown has taken a big swipe at Pedro Caixinha after the Old Firm derby.

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