Rangers captain James Tavernier has refuted the claim that the Ibrox side are performing better because there are no fans in the ground.

The Gers right-back has been on extraordinary form this season hitting 13 goals and laying on nine assists from a full-back berth in only 21 games.

Traditionally criticised for his defensive performances, Tavernier has also formed part of a backline which has kept 17 clean sheets in that run, conceding only three goals in the Scottish Premiership.

The Ibrox skipper might be on electric form but he believes this is more down to an added determination in the squad than what it is to do with a lack of supporters.

“Not at all (when asked if a lack of fans has affected their performance positively),” said Tavernier [Rangers].

“From the start of the season, we have been in real good form.

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“From the start until now, I believe we have been playing some of the best football we’ve played and getting results that maybe we wouldn’t have got before.


“It’s always a shame we can’t get the fans in, but I don’t think that has any effect on the way we’re playing.

“We have been together for a couple of years now and we are only getting stronger with the players who have been added. So, no, I don’t believe so.”

This will come as a positive to Rangers fans with the potential return of fans next year and towards the end of the season set to test Tavernier’s theory.

Whatever the case, the flying full-back is on astonishing form and has taken his game up a level this season as the Gers hunt for that 55th title.

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Tavernier doesn’t believe the fan lockout has impacted supporters attending matches. (Photo by Willie Vass/Pool via Getty Images)

Tavernier opened up on the form being showed at Ibrox but insists there is still much work to do.

“We have worked extremely hard over the course of the season to get where we are now – but we still have a long way to go.

“So far, so good. We can still improve in areas and all the lads are willing to train really hard to try and make that difference. I’m really proud of the boys.

“For myself, I’m really enjoying my football just now and that’s down to the lads I’m playing with, the squad we have and the license the gaffer and management team have given us during games.

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Rangers captain James Tavernier’s performances have been nothing short of spectacular this season even without fans in the stands. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

“I’m always looking to improve myself and hopefully that can continue.”

With Tavernier the main man at Ibrox this season, the Rangers captain is surely on a fast-track to picking up this season’s Player of the Year award.

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