'Stories of underdogs' - Tavernier delivers verdict on Rangers and Celtic title pressure
Rangers defender James Tavernier believes Celtic have one hand on the Scottish Premiership title – but insists the Gers are “right behind them” if they slip up before the end of the season.
The Old Firm giants meet at Ibrox on Sunday lunchtime with the Gers having the chance to close the gap on their bitter rivals to three points at the top of the table.
The Light Blues were widely written off after falling to fourth and sacking manager Pedro Caixinha earlier in the season bout have fought back tremendously to launch a late surge for the title.
Tavernier insists the pressure is all on Celtic as they look to secure a seventh-consecutive title and the former Wigan defender thinks the Gers still have an outside chance.
“We can’t afford any slip-ups away from the Old Firm games, so that if they do slip up at any stage, we’re right behind them,” Tavernier said, as quoted by the Sunday Post.
“I don’t believe there’s as much pressure on us as is there is on them at the minute.
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“They have the title in one hand. But you hear stories of underdogs coming through.
“Liverpool, for example, were underdogs when they won the Champions League.
“You just go underneath the radar, win every single game and just see what you can do.”
The right-back has been in fantastic form for the Light Blues this season and will surely find himself in the running for the player of the year awards at the end of the campaign.
Tavernier has built a strong understanding with Portuguese winger Daniel Candeias down the right flank and the pair have become a critical part of how the Gers play.
Football Insider verdict:
The Gers defender got it right when he insisted all the pressure is on Brendan Rodgers’ side going into Sunday’s Old Firm clash at Ibrox. Tavernier has really grown into being a Rangers player and has been a stand-out for the Light Blues this season. The former Wigan ace will be an important player in Sunday’s Scottish Premiership clash if the Gers are to take anything from the game and put their bitter rivals under more pressure and possibly even secure a shock title success. The Gers – as Tavernier says – have stayed under the radar and now fund themselves on the brink of the biggest turnarounds in the league’s history.
In other Rangers news, the club are firmly in the running to sign a goal machine from north-west English high flyers.