JAMES Tavernier says Rangers will look to replicate December’s Old Firm dominance when they visit Parkhead this Sunday.
The Gers’ win before the winter break was only the captain’s second against his city rivals since joining the club and he is anxious to have that feeling again.
Celtic walked away winners at home in September but 27-year-old Tavernier believes confidence is high amongst the Light Blues squad going into Sunday’s clash.
Speaking to the media he said: “These are the games you want to be playing every week. It is a massive game for us and a massive game for them.
“It is an Old Firm derby so it speaks for itself but the boys can’t wait to go there on Sunday.
“December’s result has given us massive confidence – that is the first time we have beaten them this season.
“I thought the level of performance that we put in that day was probably one of the best this season.
“We are hoping to replicate that going there and it is going to be tough but as the gaffer has touched on when we go to these places then hopefully we silence their fans – that is our aim.
“For me it was a big relief in December and a weight off my shoulders. I have been here a long time and have been on the losing end a lot of times.
“It was a great feeling for the fans and for the lads. To do it at Ibrox was a special moment but Sunday is going to be different, we go to their place and hopefully we can replicate.
“Even from the start of the season our aim was to go into every single game and try and win it.
“That has not been the case this season and there is clearly a ten point gap but to have any impact on the league we need to have three points.
“We know a draw or a loss isn’t good enough and you always want to beat your rivals.”
Tavernier was asked about being from the travelling team on Sunday with Parkhead set to be at capacity but the skipper says nothing matters once he’s on the pitch.
He continued: “I can only speak for myself because I am obviously not in other players’ heads but I just tend to block it out.
“You are so focussed in the game that you are not really concentrated on the fans and I think that will be the case on Sunday.
“All our boys will be really focussed and we definitely have to go out there and try and get the three points.”