James Tavernier responds when asked whether Rangers will adapt their style when they come up against Celtic

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The Old Firm rivals meet in the Scottish Cup semi-final next month.

James Tavernier has insisted that Rangers will not look to change their style of play to give them a better chance of defeating Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final, the Daily Record reports.

The two teams meet at Hampden Park next month to decide who will come up against either Hibernian or Dundee United in the final.

But despite the prospect of lining up against the Scottish Premiership leaders, Tavernier shut down any suggestion that Mark Warburton's men will focus on exploiting the Hoops' weaknesses when asked whether the Gers would adopt a change in strategy.

"Not at all, we'll stick to our game, stick to what we know, and what we know best is our system," he told the Record.

"We'll use that no matter what, no matter who we play against, and we don't adapt to any other teams, we always go out and play how we want to play. They need to adapt to us.

"We're comfortable with that. Look at the clean-sheets we've had. We've hardly conceded any goals, we've been strong defensively."

As well as trying to earn the right to reach a final, the game will arguably be the biggest of the Light Blues' season simply because it gives them the chance to wrestle back some of the bragging rights from their Old Firm rivals that were lost when the pair met in last year's League Cup semi-final, when the Bhoys ran out comfortable 2-0 winners.

With the style that Warburton has implemented proving so effective in the Scottish Championship - the Gers could clinch the league crown as early as next weekend - it is unlikely that the game will follow the same narrative as it did the last time these two sides met.  

But while Rangers tore apart top flight opposition in the previous round - beating Dundee 4-0 at Ibrox - their last two results have seen them concede six goals which may lead Warburton to question whether to change the game-plan slightly, especially as they will most probably be lining up against Leigh Griffiths, who has been ruthless in front of goal all season. 

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