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Tavernier is tipping Rangers to recapture their golden form

Rangers v Dundee - Scottish Premiership: Ibrox, Today, 3.00pm

By Gavin McCafferty

Rangers full-back James Tavernier is confident they can kick off a run of victories against Dundee today.

Mark Warburton's side have won only five of their opening 12 Ladbrokes Premiership games and sit third ahead of the visit of Dundee, who have won two games in a row.

With the Joey Barton saga behind them following the summer signing's departure last week, Rangers have the chance to build some momentum ahead of a tough month of fixtures before the new year, when they face Hearts twice, Aberdeen, Celtic and St Johnstone among others.

Tavernier said: "We've almost been disappointed with the way we have started the season. We have not played as well as we could and dropped points where we shouldn't be dropping points.

"We have shown glimpses of how well we can play and if we carry on doing that then points will come and we will do better.

"We are getting there. The boys are gelling in and people are filling in for other people. It's good at the minute."

Rangers won their opening 11 matches in Tavernier's debut season, albeit in a lower league, and the former Wigan defender is confident they can recapture that form on a consistent basis.

"We hit the ground running last season," he said. "I do see signs that we are getting to the best we can be and hopefully we can show that this weekend. There have been glimpses, and I think the best is only to come.

"We have picked up quite a lot of points so far but we have not played our best, so as long as we play our best we can pick up maximum points."

Meanwhile, Robbie Neilson has welcomed the news that Hearts are officially debt-free but does not expect to be able to spend extra funds on his team.

Hearts have wiped out their £1.6m debt and recorded profits of £623,000 for the year ending in June.

"I don't expect the money to come into the first team," said the head coach. "But once the new Tynecastle stand is built and we have more season tickets, we can start looking at progressing the playing side from there."

The Tynecastle outfit now have more than £2.6m in the bank. The annual profits, combined with the reclassification of £4m of loans from the Foundation of Hearts supporters group as reserves rather than liabilities, have ensured the picture is looking as bright as it has since the club emerged from administration two and a half years ago.

This year's financial results have been boosted by turnover figures climbing by £2.9m to £9.9m following promotion.

Work has started on demolishing office buildings in advance of construction of the new 7,300-seater main stand.

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