Scottish Championship to European final - Rangers ace Tavernier wants to complete 'unbelievable achievement'
Rangers captain James Tavernier wishes to complete an “unbelievable achievement”, which will see him go from playing in the Scottish Championship to a European final.
Tavernier is the last remaining member of the squad that was promoted in 2016, after the clubs’ demotion to the bottom tier of Scottish football.
The right-back has been an ever-present at the club during their gradual progression over recent years.
Talking to the Daily Record on Wednesday, Tavernier said: “Personally, it means a lot.
“It has been a journey, but it has been a journey that has been expected.
“We have always tried to improve each year, from the board down to the players, to youth, we try to improve, try to get better, make the place around us better.”
The Rangers skipper added: “We want to be in these competitions and doing really well with it.
“We are obviously a step closer now.
“It would be an unbelievable achievement if we could get into the final.”
Can Rangers do it?
Giovanni van Bronkhorst’s side crucially didn’t fall to a heavy defeat against RB Leipzig in Germany.
They’ve previously had to recover from slim deficits at Ibrox and have done that with ease against Braga and Red Star Belgrade.
This is by no means an easy task and Leipzig provide their toughest test thus far.
The German side are dangerous on the counter-attack and this match at Ibrox could suit them slightly better.
In Germany, they were tasked with breaking down a low-block from Rangers.
It took a wonder striker from Angelino to separate the two sides.
Leipzig head coach Domenico Tedesco referred last week to a potentially easier task for his side on Thursday.
With Rangers likely to be on the front foot and pressing far more than they did in Germany, the visitors could well exploit van Bronkhorst’s men on the counter-attack.
It is crucial the Scottish side find a balance between making life hard for the away side, but also remaining solid at the back.
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