Todd Cantwell claims Rangers WON'T regret title failure as he insists they have the mentality to get it done

Rangers ace Todd Cantwell has warned critics that he won't change his personality for anyone.

And the Ibrox playmaker says Philippe Clement's side DO have the mentality to become Premiership champions. Cantwell has attracted attention since he arrived in Glasgow from Norwich last season. Whether it's been his displays on the pitch or his social media presence off it - the 26-year-old has come under fierce scrutiny.

Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton accused Cantwell of diving in a game against Aberdeen earlier this season - then had a pop at him after the recent 3-3 Old Firm draw with Celtic for getting involved in a post-match scuffle with Callum McGregor. Cantwell, who produced a man-of-the-match performance for Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi-final win over Hearts last weekend, says detractors don't affect him.And as he tries to help Philippe Clement's side win the title this term, he's adamant that he'll change for no-one.

Ahead of today's vital Premiership clash with St Mirren in Paisley, Cantwell said: "It would be easy for me to be a lot more introverted as a person. But I don’t want to ever live a lie. I don’t want to be false.

“The same person I am off the pitch is the same person I feel I am on it. People are always going to have opinions and they will differ. A lot of people will make their own minds up. That’s life and football.

“But I don’t plan on changing for anyone. The people who are important to me know me and they are happy with me.

“I don’t need verification from people who are irrelevant to me. That personal scrutiny is a bit strange because there’s so much more going on. But it seems to be highlighted quite a lot.

“I’m the type of player that invites conversation, I know that. And probably a bit of controversy as well. But I would like to be talked about in terms of how I play football more than anything else.

“I understand up here you have people who need to stay relevant and stay in the limelight. But for me, I’m concentrating on my football."

Lawrence Shankland and Todd Cantwell -Credit:SNS Group
Lawrence Shankland and Todd Cantwell -Credit:SNS Group

Rangers were in control of the title race a few weeks ago but after failing to beat Celtic at Ibrox and dropping points against Ross County and Dundee - they're chasing again. With five games to go they're three points behind Brendan Rodgers' side.

Their character has been questioned in recent weeks but Cantwell is convinced they've got the mental strength to come out on top. And he says there will be no regrets if they don't - because at one stage they weren't even in the race to be champions.

Cantwell said: "I think mentality comes down to the big games. You need to be ready to be judged on the big games and how you react within that.

"I think the group here has the mentality to achieve everything we want to achieve this season. But saying it and doing it are two very different things.

"Everyone in the changing room is excited to finish the season and finish it strong. If we do exactly what we’ve set out to do, the mentality will no longer be questioned.

"Will we regret it if we don't win it? Not necessarily. Because it wasn’t in our own hands at one point when we were eight points behind.

“So what we’ve actually done is put ourselves back in contention. Yeah, we had a little slip when things were in a good place. But the season is by no means done.

“We’ve got six games and we need to win every game. If we do, then I think it will be a good season.”