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Rangers will banish away-day blues, vows Tavernier

By Ronnie Esplin

James Tavernier pledged Rangers would learn from their latest defeat at Tynecastle and denied they were too soft on their travels.

Rangers failed to improve on their previous away game against Hearts as they crashed to a 4-1 loss on Wednesday.

Right-back Tavernier paid the price for their earlier setback in Gorgie in November when he was dropped after Robbie Muirhead twice got beyond him to score at the back post.

Rangers won six of their next eight matches, including against Aberdeen and Hearts at Ibrox, but Tavernier was left flummoxed by their continuing inability to perform away from home against their nearest rivals.

The Gers lost all four away games against Falkirk and Hibernian in the Ladbrokes Championship last season and have now lost in all four matches at the homes of their fellow top-four Premiership teams — Celtic, Aberdeen and Hearts.

When asked why ahead of today’s home clash with Ross County, Tavernier said: “I honestly don’t know. We pulled off a good win at Motherwell, it was one of the best 45 minutes we have played all season. Then we go to Tynecastle.

“It doesn’t help conceding two poor goals at the start of each half. I’m not sure what it is when it comes to away games but we need to put things right.

“I wouldn’t go along the lines of being soft because when we play them at home we put in great performances. It’s just something we need to correct when we go to these places, and have a real good mentality and a real desire to win the game.”

Tavernier echoed boss Mark Warburton’s comments that the Hearts game swung on conceding early goals in each half.

When asked whether Rangers needed to be more pragmatic in away matches, he said: “Possibly. We analyse teams but Wednesday night came down to losing two poor goals. That gives them a lot of encouragement.

“It’s a different game if Emmo (Emerson Hyndman) puts that ball in the net before half-time.

“We have done analysis and it’s two almost schoolboy errors for the goals.

“All the lads will own up to it, we have good characters and we will always try to improve ourselves. We will definitely learn from this.”

Tavernier pledged to defeat Ross County today.

“The last time we lost at Hearts we went on a good eight-game run,” he said. “This has been a speed bump and we will have to put things right. We need to go on another good run.”

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