JAMES TAVERNIER insists he is stronger than ever as he looks to lead Rangers to silverware success this season.

The 28-year-old is in his sixth campaign at Ibrox but only has two medals - from the Championship and Petrofac Training Cup - to his credit thus far.

Tavernier made his 250th appearance for Rangers in the win over Dundee United last weekend and boss Steven Gerrard admitted that he would have to win another trophy to earn the credit and respect that he deserves outside of Ibrox.

The Gers skipper has come under fire for his performances at various stages of his career but insists he is more than capable of putting the negativity to one side as he focuses on the future and another title challenge.

"It is part and parcel," Tavernier said ahead of the Premiership clash with Hibernian on Sunday.

"As a captain and as a manager, you know that any bad result we are going to be at the front of the firing line, in front of everybody. I am a strong enough character to take it, all the criticism. I take it and put it to one side.

"I am really strong mentally so, going forward, it doesn't faze me, whether it is going into games or going into seasons.

"I am stronger than ever. I am always wanting to learn, always wanting to improve.

"It is a challenge being a captain and I take it with both hands and relish it. I want to do my best doing it.

"If I can get on the scoresheet or help the team with an assist I would be delighted. All I want is to come away with three points and that is the first and foremost plan going to Hibs."