JAMES Tavernier says everyone will forget Rangers ever beat FC Porto on Thursday night if they don’t deliver three points on Sunday against Livingston.
The Gers put themselves into a superb position to qualify from Group G in the Europa League but the captain has already turned his full focus to the trip to the Tony Macaroni Arena.
Rangers have two wins against Livi this season, one in the Premiership and one in the quarter-finals of the League Cup. They sit second in the league by just a goal on goal difference going into the weekend.
Speaking to the media Tavernier said: “It is different but it is a very important game, it is a league game where we need to be taking three points.
“Last night was a great occasion for the club, the fans and the players and we are delighted to get the three points off a difficult side but our full focus is now on Livingston.
“I have highlighted it before that this season we need consistency, last season we had speed bumps on the way which cost us. We can’t afford to let that happen this Sunday.
“Going into the international break you don’t want to be dropping any points because it is definitely lingering and that Porto game will certainly be forgotten about.
“First and foremost we are trying to compete for the league so European football is a great addition for the club and the fans, it is a big bonus for us but everyone is here first and foremost for the league so we need three points this weekend.
“It is different but it is a game of football and 90 minutes, we went there last time, got a good result and we know it is going to be a tough game with the surface.
“We can’t use any excuses, they are playing on the same surface but we have to prepare right, make “sure we recover well and whoever the gaffer selects on Sunday will have to deliver.
“I know the last occasion was a tough game, we had to grind it out and they made it very difficult for us.
“I don’t believe we were at our best that game but they did certainly make it difficult for us so it was finding a way to win, we did that last time and we want to do that Sunday again.”
Tavernier and the Rangers defence haven’t conceded a goal in their last three games, keeping out last season’s Champions League quarter-finalists Porto in their last outing.
The right-back continued: “The past couple of results have been really good for the defence because we have kept clean sheets.
“That is always our first target and if you keep the same four then you can create relationships and get a better understanding.
“Connor and I have had a great understanding for the past season and a bit now so we know one another and Fil and Borna are creating a great partnership on the left hand side.
“We have quality in the squad with Niko and George who can come straight into the team. No matter what occasion it is or what part of the season it is you have to be performing your best or we have people in the squad who can replace you.”