By Saikat Mandal

29th Apr, 2022 | 3:10pm

James Tavernier sends brilliant message to Rangers fans on Twitter

James Tavernier has thanked the Rangers fans for their “unbelievable” support as the Gers lost against RB Leipzig on Thursday.

The Bears skipper has vowed that the Europa League semi-final tie is not over yet and he believes Rangers can see off the challenge at Ibrox.

Rangers lost 1-0 against the German outfit, with a wonder strike from Angelino separating the two sides.

The Gers skipper wrote on Twitter: “This tie is still very much alive! All to play for next Thursday back at Ibrox. Thank you for your unbelievable support. Safe trip back home.”

Big return leg

Rangers did well defensively but they didn’t offer enough threats going forward. 

It is partly due to the absence of Kemar Roofe and Alfredo Morelos, while Van Bronckhorst got tactically wrong in the first half. 

The decision to use 5-3-2 was perfect as they managed to frustrate the home team. However, using Scott Wright upfront didn’t make enough sense. 

Wright is a natural winger and this was unfamiliar territory for him. However, he was really poor and failed to make any sort of impact. 

The Gers fans will be hoping that they can get Roofe or even Aaron Ramsey back by next Thursday, as the club badly need someone to spearhead the attack. 

Fashion Sakala remains an option but Van Bronckhorst probably won’t take that gamble. Cedric Itten is another option but he has hardly played under the Dutchman. 

It will require more than vociferous support in the second leg. Tavernier was outstanding against Braga, and the Gers will need another heroic performance from him in the second leg. 

In other Rangers news, Alan Brazil has dropped an admission about the Gers after watching them play on Thursday night.