James Tavernier wins Europa League player of the week award after Rangers win v Leipzig
Rangers captain James Tavernier has been voted as the Europa League player of the week following the club’s 3-1 win over Leipzig.
The Bears overturned a 1-0 deficit from the first leg with a huge win at Ibrox, with Tavernier opening the scoring before goals from Glen Kamara and John Lundstram.
Tavernier’s opener took him to seven goals in the knockout stages of the tournament and made him the top scorer outright, and after a fan vote he was given the nod to win the award for the best player across both second leg fixtures.
The 30-year-old pipped Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku, West Ham star Declan Rice and Frankfurt’s Evan N’Dicka to the award that was voted for by fans on UEFA’s official website.
Tavernier will skipper the light blues in the final when they take on a third Bundesliga side in Frankfurt in the final on May 18th in Seville.
Who would have expected little old Rangers to have made it all the way to the Europa League final? The answer is nobody, but they made it anyway.
But the reason they’ve made it has been in large part thanks to the amazing performances of the skipper across the group stages and the knockout rounds.
He has scored in every stage of the knockouts, notching three against Borussia Dortmund, once against Red Star, twice against Braga and now against Leipzig too.
His reliability and consistency in the attacking third for Rangers is second to none since joining the club and he seems to finally be getting his plaudits that are long overdue.
Fingers crossed now that he can carry those performances on for the rest of the season and into the Europa League final to be the first blues skipper to lift the trophy.
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