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Rangers captain James Tavernier says Old Firm clash with Celtic is the 'perfect game' for Steven Gerrard's men to get over their dramatic Scottish Cup exit to St Johnstone James Tavernier thought he scored Rangers' winner against St Johnstone  But a late equaliser led to Rangers crashing out of the cup on penalties  The Rangers captain says the Celtic game is the perfect way to get over the cup Rangers are currently unbeaten in the league with three games left to play

By Andy Newport, Press Association

Published: 11:08 BST, 1 May 2021 | Updated: 11:08 BST, 1 May 2021

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James Tavernier could not think of a better game than Sunday's Old Firm clash to wash away the pain of Rangers' Scottish Cup heartbreak.

The Ibrox captain thought he had kept the Light Blues' double dreams alive in last week's quarter-final thriller with St Johnstone when he popped up four minutes from the end of extra time to head home his 18th goal of the season.

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But the drama was not done there and Saints keeper Zander Clark raced forward in injury time to produce an unlikely assist for Chris Kane's equaliser.

James Tavernier says the Old Firm Derby is 'perfect' for Rangers to get over their cup defeat

James Tavernier says the Old Firm Derby is 'perfect' for Rangers to get over their cup defeat

Tavernier thought he scored the winner against St Johnstone who went on to win via penalties

Tavernier thought he scored the winner against St Johnstone who went on to win via penalties

The heroic Perth number one then saved two spot-kicks in the shoot-out - including Tavernier's opener - to send Callum Davidson's team to Hampden.

It was another tale of woe for Steven Gerrard in domestic cup competitions as the Rangers boss failed for the sixth time since taking over at Ibrox to take his team all the way.

But the Premiership champions still have a blemish-free league season to complete and Tavernier hopes his team can take another huge step towards that when they welcome Celtic

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