Rangers and Boro men set goalscoring aims plus reported Stoke City and Blackburn target set for move

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Middlesbrough winger Marcus Tavernier scored his first league goal of the season during Saturday’s 3-0 win over Millwall, but the 21-year-old will find it hard to keep up with his brother James.

Rangers captain netted his 17th goal of the campaign for Steven Gerrard’s side on Sunday with a sublime 30-yard free-kick against Dundee United.

The Rangers man told PA Media: “I spoke to my brother the other night. We both work in fives, so I will hopefully now get to 20, then 25.

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“He is doing the same also, setting targets. But it is something that will always be a bonus.

Rangers captain James Tavernier has scored 17 goals in all competitions this season.Rangers captain James Tavernier has scored 17 goals in all competitions this season.
Rangers captain James Tavernier has scored 17 goals in all competitions this season.

“The main objective is coming away with three points, secondly a clean sheet. We are devastated not to do that yesterday.”

Reported target set to be offered pre-contract deal

It’s been claimed that reported Boro target Ross Stewart will be offered a pre-contract at Aberdeen next month.

The Ross County striker was linked with Blackburn, Boro and Stoke over the summer, yet the Daily Record report he is set to remain in Scotland.

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Stewart will be out of contract in the summer but it’s been claimed Aberdeen will pull out all the stops to sign him.

Jones hoping to end away run

Finally, Luton manager Nathan Jones hopes his side can end a four-game winless run away from home when they travel to Middlesbrough on Wednesday.

The Hatters should go into the game with confidence after beating Preston 3-0 at Kenilworth Road on Saturday, a result which moved them up to 11th in the table.

Yet Jones’ side haven’t scored away from home for three games, following a 4-0 defeat at Cardiff, 2-0 loss at Swansea and goalless draw at Coventry.

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“The Cardiff performance concerned me, if I’m honest, because of the level of performance,” said Jones.“Against Swansea, we were excellent and should’ve scored a clear-cut chance.

“I thought we were excellent at Coventry. It wasn’t a swashbuckling, fluent performance, but it was a really good Championship solid performance, where you go away from home and pick up something.

“Then, coupled with a home win, it makes it a good week. We want to score goals, but we don’t play any more defensively away from home than we do at home."

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