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Rangers star sets out bold ambition ahead of cup double-header

James Tavernier wants to have won the Scottish Championship title before the Challenge Cup final and Old Firm fixture come around in April.

Rangers defender James Tavernier has told the club's official website that he wants to have won the Scottish Championship title by the time the club face a crucial cup double-header next month.

The Gers face Peterhead in the Challenge Cup final at Hampden Park on 10 April before facing arch-rivals Celtic in a Scottish Cup semi-finals seven days later.

Before that first cup clash, Mark Warburton's side have four of their eight remaining league matches on the horizon, a run which could potentially see them secure the league title and promotion back to the Scottish Premiership.

Tavernier, who has scored 11 goals in 39 appearances in all competitions so far in his debut season at Ibrox, insists there is no reason that the club cannot aim to have league success all sewn up before the cup fixtures come around.

The 24-year-old told the club's website: "Hopefully we can win it before we go to Hampden, I would like to think we can because we are on a great run at the moment and we aren’t letting in a lot of goals. We have every chance of getting the wins under our belt as soon as possible.

"I probably did expect us to always be in their position because our game has never changed and we have always felt we have been strong in every single game we have played in the league.

"We knew if we stuck to our game then we just had to look ahead and wouldn’t have to look behind and that is what has happened."

Rangers are 14 points clear of nearest challengers Falkirk at the top of the second tier ahead of a meeting between the top two sides this Friday.

The Glasgow side remain on course for a domestic treble as they close in on a return to the top flight after four years away.

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