James Tavernier doubles Rangers derby as Jota handball and Morelos chalk out

The defending Keystone Police left the Rangers penalty area looking a bit like Nicola Sturgeon Park.

But James Tavernier believes it was Parkhead officials who let Celtic out of jail on Saturday. The Rangers captain has often had the thankless task of stepping up after Old Firm defeats. There have been explanations, excuses and sometimes even apologies from supporters.

But Saturday was different. Tavernier is more angry than remorseful. The Light Blues frontman was once again relegated to talking after the defeat to bitter rivals but kept his head high. He knew this was not like the final of the Viaplay Cup when Celtic put numbers on his side. Rangers were well into the clash at Parkhead at the weekend and it was a clash of great strengths. The Hoops had more of a killer instinct and they managed to turn off the life support on the Ibrox clubs title chances.

Yet, oddly enough, there were still plenty of positives that suggested brighter times might be ahead. After the summer, of course, as Michael Beale will have the opportunity to create a new-look group with many members of this squad on their way.

But also in the short term. The Scottish Cup semi-final showdown with their neighbors is only a few weeks away. If Rangers can perform like they did at Parkhead, they will be no slouch at the National Stadium. And rather than say sorry, Tavernier chose to hang on to a case. This time it is injustice.

The full-back made it an incredible 100 goals for Gers at the weekend with his brace against Celtic. His superb free-kick leveled No.99 and a second header that set up a frantic finale made it a ton. But instead of reflecting on personal achievement after the final whistle on Saturday, Tavernier clung to that sense of injustice.

Alfredo Morelos missed goal. Jota’s handball claim for Celtic’s second goal. He didn’t mention Morelos’ shirt pulling in the second half, but that too will be used in the coming weeks.

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