James Tavernier has insisted that Rangers have what it takes to beat Celtic in a Scottish Cup semi-final meeting at Hampden on 17th April. 

The Gers beat Dumbarton 1-0 on Tuesday to secure the Scottish Championship and return to the top flight for the first time since they had to start in the fourth tier following their liquidation in 2012.

As a result, Rangers will face Celtic in home and away encounters in the league next season for the first time in five years.

And Tavernier, who scored the winner against Dumbarton, explained that he is relishing the prospect of featuring in Old Firm derbies on a regular basis from next season.

“Of course we can”, the defender was quoted as saying by the Herald Scotland, when asked if his side can beat Celtic at Hampden.


“We’ve got a great team and we’re full of confidence. We can beat anyone when we play well.

“I’m looking forward to playing them in front of 50,000 at Ibrox and then going to their ground and experiencing it there.

“Obviously, the next game against them is at Hampden with 50,000 split equally. I can’t wait for the Old Firm derbies next year, definitely.”

Rangers, who have 79 points from 32 games, will next face Peterhead in the Challenge Cup final at Hampden on Sunday before taking on Celtic a week later.