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‘WE MUST CHALLENGE FOR TITLE,’ TAVERNIER

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RANGERS skipper James Tavernier believes the Ibrox club will  win silverware this season.

And the defender insists the team MUST put in a sustained challenge in the Premiership after seven years of domestic domination from rivals Celtic..

The Govan outfit, under the management of Mark Warburton, Pedro Caixinha and Graeme Murty, have finished in third place for two successive campaigns behind the Hoops and runners-up Aberdeen.

They managed to reduce the deficit on Brendan Rodgers’ team from 39 points to 12 last term, but there was only a three-point improvement in their own performance.

Steven Gerrard’s arrival as manager and another major squad transition have revived optimism among Light Blue followers and Tavernier knows the team have to respond to those demands.

“We’re playing for Rangers and the expectation is to bring trophies back to the club.

“The fans expect it, we expect it, we have winning mentalities. Our aim is to be in competition in all the trophies we are in.”

Asked what would constitute success, Tavernier answered: “It would be challenging for the title. We are Rangers, so we always have to be challenging for the title. You can’t expect anything less.

“We want to do well in the Cup competitions and we really want to do well in the Europa League after what happened last season.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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