'Rough game' - Tavernier makes prediction ahead of Rangers clash v Hearts
By Abigail Withey
Rangers right-back James Tavernier has made a bold prediction about Rangers’ upcoming clash against Hearts on Saturday.
The club experienced a difficult game last weekend against newly promoted Hibernian as six Gers players received a yellow card while Ryan Jack was handed a straight red during their 3-2 defeat.
Tavernier was one of the recipients of the yellow cards but also managed to score one of the two goals towards the end of the second half with a fantastic header.
However, following the controversial game, the defender believes that the Hearts game won’t be much different as the 26-year-old thinks the Midlothian side will be just as rough as the Hibs.
Tavernier stated that the club must do everything they can to remain calm on the pitch on Saturday.
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He said: “We have got to learn from it. We have a good group of lads and we must appreciate teams are going to try and unsettle us. We must keep level headed.”
“Our tempers went higher last week than they should have been,” he explained, as quoted in the Daily Record. “We should have controlled them a little bit better, but we have a good group and if we stick together we’ll learn from that.”
The defender predicts that their match on Saturday won’t be too different from last weekend’s match, but they must handle the situation differently.
“We don’t expect anything less than Hearts also trying to ruffle us up and make it really hard. They will try the rough game,” the centre-back revealed.
Rangers’ opening games of the season were positive until Hibernian put a spanner in the works with their 3-2 victory over Pedro Caixinha’s side.
Caixinha’s side managed a 2-1 win over Motherwell during their opening game of the Premiership which was followed by a huge 6-0 victory in the Scottish League Cup against Dunfermline.
Last season, two draws in their opening four league fixtures damaged Gers chances of a successful campaign which led to their devastating 5-1 thrashing against rivals Celtic.
Caixinha’s side failed to recover from the heavy defeat which resulted in the Ibrox side finishing a hefty 39 points behind the title winners.
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