By Russell Edge

24th Apr, 2017 | 11:19am

Rangers ace Tavernier: This Celtic player told me it was not a penalty in Old Firm clash

By Russell Edge

Rangers defender James Tavernier has claimed that Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths admitted the Hoops should not have been awarded a penalty in their victory in their Scottish Cup semi-final clash.

Celtic frontman Griffiths was brought down in the box by Tavernier in the second half of the Old Firm derby, with referee Willie Collum pointing to the spot after discussion with assistant referee Don Robertson.

The penalty was dispatched by Celtic’s Scott Sinclair to give the Hoops their second goal in the 2-0 win and send them on their way to the cup final where they will be hoping to complete a domestic treble, having already secured the League Cup and Scottish Premiership title.

However, Tavernier, who joined Rangers from Championship side Wigan, claims that Griffiths admitted to him that it was the wrong decision and that it should not have been a penalty.

Speaking to Rangers’ official television channel, the 25-year-old said: “I thought it wasn’t a penalty, I thought I got the ball first.

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“Griffiths thought it wasn’t a penalty when I spoke to him.

“It’s just one of those where it’s just been given and you can’t do anything about it.”

However, Griffiths suggested he thought otherwise in a post he put on social media.

On the player’s personal Twitter account, he claimed that it was 100% a penalty.

Celtic will take on Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup final in May, while Griffiths and his side will also be looking to avoid defeat in their league fixtures as they aim to go the entire league season unbeaten.

The 26-year-old former Wolves man will be looking to regain a starting role after fellow striker Moussa Dembele limped off during the semi-final with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.

In other Rangers news, these three men were the worst players on the pitch for Rangers in their Old Firm defeat.

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