Rangers will experience more cup shocks in the future as teams want to knock them off their pedestal.
That’s according to former Celtic striker Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Rangers’ failures in the domestic cups.
Rangers crashed out of the Scottish Cup last weekend in a penalty shootout loss to St Johnstone.
Earlier this season, St Mirren knocked the Gers out of the Betfred Cup after extra time which leaves Steven Gerrard with only the Scottish Premiership title in his trophy cabinet.
McAvennie claims the title win contributed to Rangers’ cup loss as every team now wants to beat the champions and he predicted similar results in the future.
“The biggest problem Rangers have is that they’re the champions,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.
“People stand up to them, they fight more. It’s not happened with Celtic this season because they’ve not been scared of them.
“I don’t think Rangers underestimated St Johnstone and I wouldn’t say they were disrespectful either.
“They thought they had the game won and took their foot off the gas, they didn’t mark the goalkeeper because they didn’t think he’d do anything.
“Look what happened there. There was some naivety there, that’s what it was. When you’re champions, everyone wants to knock you off your pedestal. It will probably happen again.”
Rangers can only now defend their unbeaten league record as the Scottish Premiership season draws to a close.
Celtic stand in their way this weekend but the Gers are unbeaten in Old Firm games this season, winning three and drawing one so far this campaign.