James Tavernier sets out Rangers plan to deal with Hearts fans at Tynecastle

James Tavernier says Rangers will be "raring to go" against Hearts after the international break and will focus on trying to keep the Hearts crowd quiet at Tynecastle.

The Ibrox side have had an unconvincing start to the season, dropping five points in their first seven league games and also losing both of their Champions League matches so far.

Celtic's surprise defeat away to St Mirren in the last round of domestic fixtures, however, means Rangers remain within striking distance of their city rivals as they prepare to return to action against Hearts at Tynecastle this Saturday.

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"There are only two points in it in the league so there are a lot of games to play,” Tarvernier told Rangers TV. “It is still early in the season. The boys are raring to go to get it kicked off again.

Rangers captain James Tavernier says his team plan to silence the crowd at Tynecastle on Saturday

"It is down to us to keep our standards and the levels of consistency going through the games to create a real good momentum heading into the games."

Rangers lost three of their last four matches before the break, including their 4-0 Champions League humbling away to Ajax and a 3-0 defeat at home to Napoli.

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"The Champions League, we wanted more out of the Ajax game, we wanted to implement our style of play, which we didn't do," said Tavernier. "I thought we did that against Napoli and for 60 minutes we played really well.

"Then you go to 10 men and it can be a struggle. We conceded three penalties, Greegsy (Allan McGregor) has done wonders to keep two out, but that is football at the end of the day."

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Tavernier is relishing Saturday's lunchtime showdown with Hearts. "It's another good fixture, nice early kick-off after the break," he said. "The boys are preparing themselves right and we'll be fully focused on wanting to leave there with three points.

"It's about trying to keep the crowd quiet and implement our style of football. The fans are right on top of you and it's a stadium I like to go to. It'll be nice to go there midday. I'm looking forward to it."