James Tavernier eyes Rangers record against Celtic

The Rangers star is hoping to set a record for goals by a full-back in a single season.

James Tavernier says he is eyeing a Rangers record when they line up against Celtic this weekend, in comments to the Daily Mail.

The Scottish giants meet this weekend in the Scottish Cup semi final in the latest hotly anticipated Old Firm derby.

One man who is keen to make his mark is full-back James Tavernier, as he seeks to add to his fine goalscoring record this season.

With 14 already to his name, he has matched the previous records for goals by a full-back set by John Greig and Sandy Jardine.

A strike against the Hoops would then see him set a new record, and Tavernier admits he has been thinking about breaking it.

“I’ve been looking at that record and hoping to beat it,” he told the Daily Mail.

“I hadn’t scored for a while before Dumbarton and Peterhead, so it has been good to get a couple of goals in our last two games.”

“It would be great to beat the record on Sunday. It would be a massive bonus to score in that game. But, for us, the priority is just to put on a good performance as a team and hope the boys can do the job.”

The defender has also hit out at those criticising Rangers’ defensive work this season.

The Gers recently shipped nine goals in games against Falkirk, Queen of the South and Raith with the attacking play of Tavernier and fellow full back Lee Wallace coming in for some of the blame.

Tavernier though, insists that Rangers backline is a strong one, adding that they haven’t actually conceded many goals this season.

“People can say what they want about our weak backline, but we have a strong defence which is good going forward, as well,” he added.

“We’ve kept clean sheets in our last two games now, but we conceded a few goals in the games before that. Over the piece, though, we haven’t conceded a lot of goals this season.”

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