JAMES Tavernier is feeling confident going into Rangers first meeting of the season with Aberdeen.

The Gers skipper was part of a Light Blues team who were knocked out of both domestic cups but Derek McInnes’ men last season but he thinks his side have improved since then.

Rangers have only lost one game since July and with the Dons being familiar opponents Tavernier is convinced he and his teammates can deal with their threat.

Speaking to the media he said: “It’s a lot of games to play against one team, you know their game plan inside out and you know what their tactics are probably going to be against the opponent.

“It is just a matter of who turns up on the day and who performs to their best. If we perform at our best and I am sure my team will get the three points.

“If you look at the cup games, we conceded two set pieces, they have a great aerial threat but I believe we have definitely improved since then.

“You know they are going to be tough when they come to Ibrox; they are going to try and silence the crowd, try and get in our faces and man mark us.

“If we play and stick to the right game plan and be confident on the ball then we will create a lot of chances.

“We have been keeping a lot of clean sheets lately so if we defend right then we will put ourselves in a good position.”

Rangers have another two game week this week and while Tavernier smiles when asked how his legs are by the media he is happy to try and keep the winning run going, which could stretch to five on the spin this Saturday.

He continued: “You do prefer the games to come thick and fast, you want them to come around as quickly as possible and we highlighted after last season that we needed consistency for this season.

“We had a set back against Celtic but I think we have responded really well since we came back from the international break and we just want this momentum to keep us moving forward and keep us getting the right results.

“This Saturday three points is a must but so are all the games after it, if you want to compete for the league you have to win the majority of your games. So every game domestically we have got to get maximum points.”


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