Chris Sutton critical of Rangers duo

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Rangers duo James Tavernier and Andy Halliday’s claims about the Ibrox side competing with Celtic in the Scottish Premiership next season are dismissed by Chris Sutton.

Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton has criticised Rangers duo James Tavernier and Andy Halliday in The Daily Record.

Both Tavernier and Halliday have suggested in recent days that Rangers can compete with Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title next season (as reported by The Daily Record and talkSPORT).

Sutton has criticised the Rangers duo for making such bold statements, suggesting that it was no surprise that the Gers won the Scottish Championship title with ease.

“So Rangers have won the Championship,” the Englishman wrote in The Daily Record. “So what? Isn’t that what the club with the second biggest budget in Scottish football is supposed to do in the second tier? And shouldn’t they have done it last season?

“The only reason I ask is because I can’t believe some of the stuff coming out of Ibrox since Tuesday - and not from Mark Warburton, I may add.

“The likes of James Tavernier and Andy Halliday have got a little bit carried away with themselves with their talk of winning the league in their first season back in the Premiership.”

“I saw Tavernier’s stuff and I think it was ill-advised,” added Sutton. “He should be keeping his thoughts to himself. Yes, maybe Rangers CAN beat Celtic but if you fail to deliver, you look stupid. If I were a Rangers player, I wouldn’t be getting carried away about winning the Championship.”

Sutton does have a valid point, but could the Rangers players really have suggested that they cannot compete with Celtic next season?

Could the Rangers duo have come out and said that they are not good enough to fight for the Scottish Premiership title?

How would the fans have reacted had Tavernier and Halliday said that they are inferior to Celtic?

Of course, the Rangers fans and players should not get carried away with winning the Scottish Championship title, but they should certainly be optimistic of having a good campaign in the Scottish Premiership next season.

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