JAMES TAVERNIER believes Rangers will have to hit top form again at Pittodrie if they are to progess to the semi-finals of the William Hill Scottish Cup on Sunday.
The Light Blues’ captain played a key role when Steven Gerrard’s men went to the Granite City on February 6 and picked up three crucial Premiership points.
Tav scored his side’s third goal from the penalty spot just before half-time on that memorable Wednesday night and he also teed up Jermain Defoe in the final minute to make it 4-2 with a terrific left-foot strike.
It was great away display from the Gers and this weekend Tavernier hopes for more of the same in what is sure to be an absorbing cup battle.
Speaking at today’s pre-match press conference at the Hummel Training Centre, he said: “It’s a massive game and it’s a chance to go to Hampden. We put ourselves in this cup competition because we want to go all the way to the end.
We know it’s going to be a tough game, but if we carry on with the clean sheets and bring in good defending as a team, we’ll create chances in the game so we’ve got to go up there and perform at our best.
“Last time when we played up there we proved that the performance was good enough to get a win. Every top opponent that we’ve played against we’ve really stepped up our game, so it’s another game that we have to step it up.”
Tavernier took his goals tally for the season to 14 on Wednesday night as Rangers enjoyed a comfortable 4-0 league win over Dundee at Ibrox.
With eight minutes on the clock the marauding right-back found the net from close range after Alfredo Morelos’ shot was palmed into his path by goalkeeper Seny Dieng and he was thrilled to again be on target in front of the Ibrox faithful.
He added: “I’m delighted and I’m just happy to be contributing to the team.
“The team has been playing really well lately and we’re scoring plenty of goals. So yeah, just moving forward I just hope I can contribute more.”