THE Rangers captain says the Gers must now apply their Europa League standards to the Scottish Premiership after exiting the competition.
James Tavernier and his teammates will now have their full focus on the league until the end of December, with back to back games domestically until the turn of the year. Hamilton come to Ibrox this Sunday before a midweek trip to Easter Road to face Hibernian.
Rangers lost just two games in 14 European games as they narrowly missed out on the final 32. They impressed in Group G and Tavernier says those performances now have to happen on home turf with the Light Blues sitting second in the Premiership.
Speaking to the media on Friday he said: “It is key to get back on track this weekend, we have suffered two poor results in the league, which is disappointing and shouldn’t happen.
“We need to take some positives from Thursday night in Vienna and that level of performance and take it into the league.
“If we do that and if we do that this weekend then we should win but we need to show this level of consistency that we have shown in Europe in our domestic league. If we can find that then we will put ourselves in a good place.
“We have five games left this year and they are all very important games, we can put ourselves in a really good position come the January break.
“That comes down to winning games and that is what we need to start doing from this Sunday and not dropping any points.”
Hamilton won 2-0 in their only visit to Ibrox last season but when asked by the media if that could fire a warning ahead of this weekend’s game Tavernier was quick to remind reporters how far he believes the Gers have come since that game in November 2017.
He said: “A lot has changed from last season, we are a much better squad and you have seen what we have done this season compared to last.
“It’s still a warning but it would be unfair to the lads here now to look back on the result at Ibrox last season.
“We are more than capable of producing the type of performance that we need to put in on Sunday.
“The fans will be expecting a good performance so we need to get the three points and move on.”