Rangers captain James Tavernier has admitted that he’s at a loss to explain the Gers’ failures in the last two Januarys as they saw their title hopes effectively ended last night by Kilmarnock.

The Gers have struggled since returning to action after the winter break – with their struggles continuing on to last night as Kilmarnock came back from a goal down to win 2-1.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 29: James Tavernier of Rangers celebrates victory during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on December 29, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Tavernier knows it is “costing” Rangers and insists they are making life harder for themselves as they slip further behind Celtic.

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“I honestly can’t answer for the last two Januarys,” Tavernier said, as quoted by the BBC.

“We’ve gone from ending the year on a high both times and putting ourselves into good positions and then coming back and I can’t put my finger on what’s happening.

 

“We’re not getting out of the blocks at the start of the year and it’s costing us.

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“We’ve made it harder for ourselves, definitely. We had it in our hands and knew what we had to do. It was as clear as day.”

The Gers still have a game in hand on Celtic but will need a big turnaround to have any hope of salvaging their season.

ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 28: James Tavernier of Rangers FC shows his appreciation to the fans after 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 Light Blues face Livingston this weekend as they look to get back to winning ways ahead of the Europa League clash with Braga.

While they may not be able to put their finger on what is causing the problems at the start of the year, the Gers simply can’t afford to let it go on any longer.

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