RANGERS have Hampden in their sights once more – but James Tavernier knows he and his teammates will have to deliver a strong performance against Queen of the South on Tuesday if they are to reach the National Stadium.
The Light Blues face the Doonhamers in the quarter-final of the Betfred Cup and victory will see them through to a semi-final showdown in Mount Florida.
First though, Queens – who are top of the Championship following a 3-1 win over Raith Rovers yesterday – must be taken care of, and Tavernier wants them to put the hurt of Gers goalless draw with Ross County to the back of their minds.
He explained: “The lads will put Saturday’s game behind us and look forward to Tuesday and putting in a good, solid performance.
“We are one step away from Hampden – it’s in touching distance so we need to apply ourselves really well on Tuesday and get ourselves there.”
Saturday’s draw was obviously a disappointment for all concerned, and while it was a good performance for long spells by Mark Warburton’s side, Tavernier insists anything other than three points at Ibrox will never be good enough.
He added: “We have got to come out of these games with three points. When Ross County come to Ibrox, this is our stadium and we need to get three points in every single game we play here. This is our fortress and we need to make it a place where nobody can win and nobody can take a point off us.
“Credit to them – they defender for their lives and it just wasn’t to be our luck yesterday.”