Rangers captain James Tavernier has admitted he is “embarrassed” by the second-half performance in the 2-1 defeat by Kilmarnock last night which has left the Gers’ title hopes hanging by a thread.

The Light Blues conceded two goals after the break to cancel out Scott Arfield’s stunning opener as the Rugby Park side sucker-punched the Gers.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 08: James Tavernier of Rangers during the Betfred Cup Final between Rangers FC and Celtic FC at Hampden Park on December 08, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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The skipper confessed that the Gers aren’t coping when teams are getting the upper hand on them and admits it is “very disappointing” they haven’t shown the “hunger” needed in the title fight.

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“I’m embarrassed with the performance we put in the second half,” Tavernier told Rangers TV.

It’s happened a few times now where the other team are starting to get the upper hand and the crowd is getting behind them and we’re just not dealing with it. It’s worrying.


“I’ve been with this team long enough to know we’ve been in situations and we’ve handled it but not tonight and it’s very disappointing to let all the fans see that tonight.


“We’re trying to go all the way to the end and compete for this title but tonight we didn’t see the hunger enough to see off the game.”

The result leaves Rangers ten points behind bitter rivals Celtic with a game in hand but need Neil Lennon’s side to make a mistake to hand them a title lifeline.

ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 28: James Tavernier of Rangers FC celebrates after Alfredo Morelos of Rangers FC (not pictured) scores his sides second goal during the UEFA Europa League group G match between Feyenoord and Rangers FC at De Kuip on November 28, 2019 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

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The performance in the second 45 against Kilmarnock was woeful and largely summed up the Gers’ performances since the return from the winter break.

With a clash against in-form Livingston this weekend, Rangers won’t have time to lick their wounds and feel sorry for themselves as the games keep coming.

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