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Tavernier’s warning to Celtic after Ibrox win

James Tavernier

Opener: James Tavernier (pic: SNS Group)


Rangers captain James Tavernier has insisted that his side is ready to stop Celtic’s bid for ten-in-a-row after Steven Gerrard’s outfit dominated the final Old Firm game of the season.

The Hoops went into the game having already been crowned champions for the eighth consecutive year but Tavernier believes their dominance of the domestic game will be challenged next term.

“The gaffer said to us to finish the season strong and we have shown that we can do that,” said the defender. “We have just got to keep on building and not take any steps backwards.

“I think we are definitely there. We have gone toe-to-toe with Celtic, who have obviously deserved to win the league.

“That is down to us, with our lack of consistency. But we feel that we have got the team and the manager is going to strengthen in the summer. We are in a good position. I think the performance was up there in terms of this season. I still believe we have another gear or two in us.”

Tavernier gave Rangers the lead after just two minutes, Scott Arfield netting the second after the break.

The result did nothing to bolster interim boss Neil Lennon’s chances of landing the job permanently and he was scathing in his assessment of his team’s display.

“Poor, very poor,” he said. “Lacked energy and desire. And lacked quality. “I had to tell the players, whether I’m here or not next year, that performance is just not good enough for a derby.”

Dundee searching for new manager

Dundee have started the search for a new manager after sacking their second boss of the season. Jim McIntyre paid the ultimate price for failing to save the club from relegation after replacing Neil McCann in October.

The former Ross County boss, who has left the club along with No. 2 Jimmy Boyle, was ironically axed after steering Dundee to just their fourth win in 31 matches against Livingston on Saturday. The Dens Parkers dropped into the Championship last weekend after a run of 10 straight defeats.

A club statement said: “Dundee Football Club can confirm that Jim McIntyre and Jimmy Boyle have left the club with immediate effect.

“Jim came to the club in October last year and shortly after Jimmy was appointed as his assistant manager. The management team oversaw 31 matches in charge, with 3 victories, 7 draws and 20 defeats.

“Relegation from the Ladbrokes Premiership was confirmed last weekend with a loss to Hamilton Accies at the Kilmac Stadium at Dens Park. We would like thank Jim and Jimmy for their efforts while in charge and wish them all the best for the future.”

Results: Rangers 2 Celtic 0, Kilmarnock 1 Hibs 0, St Johnstone 2 Motherwell 0, Livingston 0 Dundee 1, Aberdeen 2 Hearts 1.


Pep pips Liverpool to title

Manchester City players have pocketed a reported bonus of £15 million for successfully defending their English Premier League crown.

Pep Guardiola’s side survived a scare at Brighton before completing a 4-1 victory to clinch the title, City finishing one point clear of their Merseyside rivals whose 2-0 win at home to Wolves proved meaningless in the end.

The last team to win back-to-back Premier League titles was Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United in 2008 and 2009.

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