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Rangers' James Tavernier celebrates

Mark Warburton has added eight players to Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers, but will they "smash" the league?

Rangers' James Tavernier celebrates

Quoted by The Glasgow Evening Times, Rangers right-back James Tavernier has suggested that it would be a mistake for the Gers to re-adopt a 'smash the league' mentality regarding the Scottish Premiership this season.

Rangers dominated the Scottish Championship last season en route to winning the title and promotion back to the top flight for the first time in four years.

Before last season started, manager Mark Warburton challenged his troops to "smash" the division in a mantra which clearly worked for the Glasgow giants.

Rangers' James Tavernier heads at goal

But this season promises to be tougher than the last as Warburton and co prepare themselves for an inevitable increase in standard, but it's a challenge that the fans and players expect to be met head-on.

Warburton has made big improvements to the squad after signing eight players so far - including the likes of Joey Barton and Niko Kranjcar - and few would be surprised to see Rangers right up there challenging Celtic for the Premiership crown.

Rangers' James Tavernier fouls Celtic's Patrick Roberts

That's the goal, but Tavernier claims that it would be a mistake to be as confident about winning the top flight as they were with regards to winning the Championship last term.

“We want to be in Europe and we want to be a serious threat for the title. Our aim is to be right up there," he said via The Evening Times.

“You can’t just say that you want to smash the league this year, but we are fully and absolutely committed to trying to win the league.

“All the players are winners and the new lads that have come in have all experienced winning leagues, so we’ve all got that mentality and that’s what we’ll be carrying into the season.”

Barry McKay celebrates with James Tavernier after scoring the second goal for Rangers

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