JAMES TAVERNIER was naturally gutted as Rangers were knocked out of the Scottish Cup at the semi-final stage by Celtic this afternoon.

A first half goal from Callum McGregor and a Leigh Griffiths penalty after the break – with Tavernier conceding the kick – saw Brendan Rodgers’ side through to the final.

Speaking after the game, Tavernier told RangersTV.tv:“It is definitely a tough one to take. We have been second best today and started the game off poorly.

“We started slow and the first thing we wanted to do was compete, and I don’t think we competed with them which was disappointing.”

The penalty came at a poor time for Gers, just five minutes after half time with the Light Blues having begun the new half as the much better side.

Tavernier gave his view on the kick, as well as what he felt was the difference between the two sides.

He continued: “We started better, but we have to be clinical in games like this. When we come up against Celtic and they are clinical against us, we need to be the same when we play against them and we have the chances.

“That was the difference today – them being clinical and not putting up a fight.

“I thought it wasn’t a penalty and I got the ball first, and [Leigh] Griffiths thought it wasn’t a penalty either when I spoke to him. It’s one of those that you can’t do anything about.”

Tavernier also revealed Pedro Caixinha will take time to gather his thoughts before speaking to his squad.

The Englishman concluded: “The manager tends not to speak to the lads after the games, and he has been like that since he came in. Win, lose or draw he never really says anything and usually reflects the enxt day when he has got his thoughts together.

“It’s one of those where the changing room is quiet anyway, we are all very disappointed and we need to work hard this week and put things right for Saturday.”

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