RANGERS captain James Tavernier believes whichever side “wants it more” will win Sunday’s Scottish League Cup Final.
The Light Blues’ skipper will lead his side out for a national final for the first time as Gers look to end a near-nine year wait for major silverware by beating Celtic at the National Stadium.
Tavernier spoke at today’s press conference about how much he believes the team has improved in recent times – and also discussed his desperation to win a trophy for the club’s supporters.
He explained: “I have full belief in this squad. We have come a long way since the Gaffer has come in through the door – the squad has improved massively.
“We have gone toe-to-toe with some big European giants and it all comes down to, on the day, who wants it more.
“If we follow the game-plan and go into it committed, then I fully back my squad.
“All the boys who have signed here have come to win trophies, not to be second best. It is a great occasion for the fans and we want to win silverware for them.
“We have got to do everything in our hands and be going out there trying to bring back some silverware.”
The club’s last match saw Aberdeen come back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Gers at Pittodrie on Wednesday – but Tavernier insists there is no point dwelling on the disappointment of that now.
“It was disappointing to go 2-0 up and go back to 2-2 and end up losing two points,” he continued. “That game is done now, and we can’t moan over or rectify anything about it.
“We just need to work hard and prepare right for Sunday – we’ll have to defend for our lives on Sunday as we know it is going to be a tough game.
“If we get that job right, we know we are going to create chances.”
The last meeting of Rangers and Celtic ended in defeat for Tavernier and his side – and he discussed what they’ll have to do differently in-order to get the result everyone of a blue persuasion is so desperate to see on Sunday afternoon.
The captain said: “We have to compete more I don’t think we competed to the best of our ability – even in the first half we didn’t really get in their faces.
“So we have to compete first and foremost. We know it is going to be a battle and we have to go toe-to-toe with them.
“Form goes out the window, as do previous games. It all comes down to who wants it more on the day.
“The Gaffer, me and all the senior lads are going to get around all the boys – I’m sure we don’t have to speak to them but they are all going to be up for the occasion.”
And, asked what it would mean to him to potentially lead his side up the famous Hampden stairs to lift the trophy, he replied: “It would be a proud moment, but it would be a proud moment for the team and how far we have come, as well as the management team, the fans and the whole club.
“I have great belief in the squad, so I believe if we turn up on the day we can go toe-to-toe with them.”