Erik Sviatchenko- Rangers have not narrowed gap to Celtic

Rangers boss Mark Warburton argued that his side's 1-0 Betfred Cup semi-final loss on Sunday was "nip and tuck" and that the "so-called gap is a lot narrower than people think".

But Sviatchenko felt Celtic were as dominant at Hampden as they were at home in September despite waiting until the 87th minute to get the breakthrough, when Moussa Dembele flicked home Leigh Griffiths' low cross.

When asked if the gap had narrowed, Sviatchenko simply said: "No

I think we showed the same as the last time

Even though the scoresheet was only with one goal, I think still we were the much better team

"It was quite similar, just the scoresheet wasn't as big

We had chances, we just didn't get that goal we needed but in the end Moussa came and back-heeled it.

"We are through which is the main thing and I think we were really, really good.

"There were lots of spells in the game where we were dominant and they were struggling

It could have been more than the late goal."

Sviatchenko thought he had opened the scoring early in the second half but referee Craig Thomson controversially penalised him for a foul on Clint Hill.

And the Denmark international felt an earlier goal could have given Celtic the platform to score more.

"It was a legitimate goal but sometimes it doesn't go your way," the 25-year-old said

"We just needed to go on and we got the goal

"We had chances before that as well

We could have scored early in the game.

"You could see we were pushing and pushing and pushing

We were dominant, especially that spell in the first half, five minutes before half-time

We got all the second balls and they were pressed down.

"When we play like that, then it's really, really difficult to defend against

You get the upper hand in the end and that meant we scored a late winner."

Source : PA

Source: PA