JAMES Tavernier admits he is loving being part of a more attacking Rangers side after already equalling his goal tally from last season.

The full-back says the arrival of Ryan Jack and Graham Dorrans has supplied him with the confidence to push forward more because he knows the duo will cover him.

Tavernier has netted against Dunfermline and Hibernian and explained the Gers team have been working on shocking teams with an explosive start.

The 25-year-old said: “I obviously want to assist the lads as much as I can and if I can get on the scoresheet then happy days.

“My main aim is always to keep a clean sheet but we do have that really good cover coming from Jacko and Dorrans behind us if one of the full-backs does go forward.

“You will see the team not get as exposed as we maybe have done for the past couple of seasons. It is a good way moving forward.

“The football that we’re playing is a bit more fluent compared to last year. We have been starting well and for my goals against Hibs I was playing right wing-back which allows me to be a bit more advanced up the pitch.

“Our team is really evolving, the moments we are attacking the lads are defending and we have the players to come in and cover. We have really worked hard on that and it will only show through the season.”

The Light Blues have scored in the fourth, fifth and then third minute of their opening three domestic games this season.

Pedro Caixinha has spoken of his want for total control in games this season and Tavernier was on message when he spoke to the media at Auchenhowie on Thursday.

He continued: “We have been out the blocks very quickly and have put teams under pressure straight away.

“We did get off to a great start on Saturday; Kenny hit the post and just put it wide too.

“We’re getting off to great starts so we just need to continue that and make those moments last longer.

“You can’t go through a full 90 minutes with the same tempo you start a game but you are hoping that in the first 20 or 30 minutes you can notch a couple of goals then you can control the game.

“Then we can get to the point where we are controlling the game so it is a matter of scoring early if we do get out the blocks quickly and then maintain it after that.”

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