Rangers defender James Tavernier has admitted he is looking to Premier League giants Manchester United’s win over rivals Man City last weekend for inspiration ahead of this weekend’s Old Firm Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic at Hampden.
The Gers defender is hoping to record only the second win against the Hoops since he joined the Light Blues in 2015 and thinks “anything can happen” in the Old Firm clash.
Tavernier will be desperate to help the Gers to their first major trophy since 2011 and pointed to the Manchester derby as well as Roma’s surprise Champions League win over Barcelona as proof the Gers can upset the odds.
“City had their chance to win it against Man United but, obviously, Man United stopped that happening. It’s one of those stories,” Tavernier said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“You saw it again last night with Roma and Barcelona. These things can be done in football and in an Old Firm game anything can happen.”
Since joining the Gers, Tavernier’s only Old Firm success came in the 2016 Scottish Cup semi-final shootout win over Ronny Deila’s side.
With the Gers 13 points behind their bitter rivals in the Scottish Premiership, the Scottish Cup is their last chance at getting their hands on a trophy this season.
Football Insider verdict:
Anything can – and will – happen in an Old Firm clash as has been shown time and again in the past. A win for the Light Blues would be huge as they look to end the season on a positive note and get their hands on some silverware. With both sides not exactly setting the world on fire just now, it could come down to which side makes the fewest mistakes at Hampden as they look to book their place in May’s final. If the Gers can put one over on their bitter rivals and win at the national stadium, it should provide a platform for the Ibrox giants to build on and try to close the gap in the league next season.