Alan Hutton admits that James Tavernier’s comments about the mental strength of the Rangers squad have “backfired”.

The former Gers defender and lifelong fan at Ibrox, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the 28-year-old highlighted flaws in the side that have been clear to see this season.

Writing his captain’s notes for the matchday programme, Tavernier said: “Whenever anybody puts a bit of pressure on us in Scotland or gets in our face it seems to affect us too much…We are not good enough domestically to react to that.”

He has come under heavy fire from both fans and pundits for his dressing room reveal, many questioning whether he should remain as captain.

Hutton says that it is not a good look for the right-back but insists that an upturn in results will have people forgetting about it.

Hutton told Football Insider: “He’s highlighted a flaw and I think since the winter break we’ve known this.

“Teams have tried to come out and come at them, put them under pressure and it has worked in certain games. He’s tried to be open and honest about it but it’s backfired.

“It doesn’t look good how it’s come out so I’m sure he’ll just have to get over it. He probably just wants to get this behind him. It can turn just as quick, you can go from being in trouble with your fans to one good performance and you’re on top of the world again.” 

Rangers have slipped to sitting 13 points behind Celtic in the race for the Premiership title, while they have also been knocked out of the Scottish Cup.

They will be hoping to keep their Europa League hopes alive on Thursday against Bayer Leverkusen, before an Old Firm clash on Sunday.

In other Rangers news, Hutton has urged Gerrard to snub a top player against Leverkusen.