Rangers captain James Tavernier has blasted his team as embarrassing as they slipped 10 points behind Celtic with a 2-1 defeat at Kilmarnock last night (Rangers TV).
Scott Arfield opened the scoring to set the Gers on their way but they were pegged back during a below-par second period.
Stephen O’Donnell netted the equaliser before Eamonn Brophy fired home a winner with two minutes of the 90 remaining.
Tavernier, 28, returned to the side in a 2-1 win over Hibs last week and he didn’t hold back on last night’s performance.
He told Rangers TV: “I’m embarrassed with the performance we put in during the second half. 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 these fans see that tonight.”
Rangers face Livingston at home on Saturday and they must kick on now and hope and pray that Celtic slip up at some point.
The Gers beat the Hoops prior to the winter break to go within touching distance of their fierce rivals, although they have fallen away badly since returning to action.
It’s almost as if Rangers need to stop looking at the league table and focus on winning football matches again.
Rangers can ill-afford any more slip-ups in their quest to claim some silverware and Steven Gerrard’s attention might now have to turn towards the Scottish Cup.
Pulling back 10 points seems unthinkable and they would need Celtic to drop off in remarkable fashion if Rangers were to catch them.
Tavernier’s form has been patchy since returning to action and he too must rediscover his very best form.