Rangers defender makes bold claims about what would happen if they met Celtic

James Tavernier believes the current Gers team are good enough to beat their Old Firm rivals, despite being a division below.

Rangers defender James Tavernier has made bold claims about what would happen if the side met Celtic in the Scottish Cup this season, telling the Scottish Sun that they are capable of beating the Bhoys.

Mark Warburton's side face a cup quarter-final against Dundee this weekend knowing that they could well face their Old Firm rivals for the first time in four years if they progress.

Rangers are running away with the Scottish Championship this season, sitting 14 points clear of nearest rivals Hibernian, whilst Celtic are also at the summit of the top-flight table, albeit only four points ahead of Aberdeen.

Despite the division's difference between the two clubs, Tavernier insists that his side would not necessarily come out on the wrong end of a result if they were to be drawn against their rivals.

He told the Scottish Sun: "We'd like to think [we could beat them]. We've got great belief in our team and we've got a great squad, great staff and a great manager.

"We're full of confidence and we play really good football, and we believe on any day we can beat any team."

Whether or not the two sides meet in the cup this year, it looks a certainty that the rivals will be reunited after four years apart from the start of next season after the Gers climbed their way back up the Scottish football ladder following their relegation to Division Three in 2012.

The two clubs have met each other an astonishing 400 times competitively over the course of the history of the Old Firm rivalry, with Rangers winning 159 of those matches and Celtic emerging victorious on 145 occasions.

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