It was a good evening for all associated with Glasgow Rangers last night as they managed to thrash Eredivisie side Willem II 4-0 in the Europa League third qualifying round.
It was a very good night in particular for captain James Tavernier as the £4.5m-valued right-back scored a penalty in the match and this was a landmark moment as it was his 50th goal for the Gers, per Transfermarkt. The Englishman signed from Wigan Athletic for just £225,000 back in 2015 and since then has made 253 appearances for the club in all competitions, picking up 78 assists alongside his 50 goals.
He spoke to Rangers TV following the match, via The Daily Record, and he has been discussing the big tie against Galatasaray. He has full faith in the squad that they can advance as he said: “We are all looking forward to it. We obviously seen the result they got and we have them in the next round at home.
“We are obviously delighted with that even though we can’t get the fans in. That’s a shame but the fan will be watching on TV and it means a lot for this club to get into the group stage. It’s going to be a tough game but at our best we can go toe-to-toe with anybody.”
Tavernier spoke like a true captain and leader as he not only discussed how good his squad is but also the fact that they are missing the supporters due to recent events, and all associated with the club will be happy with his comments.
There is no reason for him to doubt their prospects either as the club managed to reached the last 16 of the competition last season, beating big European sides like Feyenoord and FC Porto along the way before getting knocked out, per Transfermarkt.
Their opponents in the next round of the qualifiers are not at their best either as they finished sixth in the Super Lig last season and this is definitely the best time for Steven Gerrard’s side to be facing the club.
If they do beat Galatasaray, then they will be in the group stages of the competition and it would be a great campaign if they can reach the same stage of the competition as they did last season.
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