JAMES TAVERNIER insists an empty Ibrox has had no bearing on how Rangers have performed this term.

Steven Gerrard’s side continued their fine home form with victory over Aberdeen at the weekend and host Benfica in the Europa League on Thursday night.

Galatasaray are the only side to score at Ibrox as Rangers have made a stunning start to the campaign in recent months.

There have been no moans and groans from a demanding support on Premiership duty but Gers skipper Tavernier insists the fans are still a huge loss.

"Not at all," said Tavernier after being asked if he agreed with the premise that the lack of fans was helping his side. "From the start of the season we have been in real good form.

""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."