Rangers skipper James Tavernier has hailed the win over Braga last night as the “best performance” the Gers have put in under Steven Gerrard so far – and aimed a sly dig at bitter rivals Celtic by insisting the Portuguese are the best side he’s faced since signing for Rangers in 2015.

The Gers put in a fantastic shift last night to secure their place in Friday’s last 16 draw and the captain was happy the Light Blues carried out their instructions “perfectly” to get past Ruben Amorim’s side.

BRAGA, PORTUGAL - FEBRUARY 26: Steven Gerrard the manager of Rangers FC looks on prior to the UEFA Europa League round of 32 second leg match between Sporting Club Braga and Rangers FC at Estadio Municipal de Braga on February 26, 2020 in Braga, Portugal.

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Despite Celtic’s domestic dominance, Tav thinks they pale in comparison to Braga as he celebrated an “incredible” result in Portugal.

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“This is our best performance. Braga are the highest-scoring team in the Europa League. They are the best team I have played against since I came to Rangers,” Tavernier said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“They are so clever at using the ball and they have so many talented players. They are a terrific team who beat Wolves home and away earlier in the competition.

“That’s what makes it so satisfying. I’m just delighted we stopped them getting a goal tonight. The signs are there we can show everyone how good we can be as a team and carry out the tactics.

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“We listened to the gaffer and the staff and the tactics he wanted us to deploy. To a man, we carried it out perfectly and got an incredible result.

“Even the subs who came on made a vital contribution. We are delighted to go through to the last 16 and we can’t wait for the draw.”

With the Gers the first team to confirm their place in Friday’s draw, they’ll get a much better idea of potential opposition tonight once the remaining games in the last 32 are played.

BRAGA, PORTUGAL - FEBRUARY 26: James Tavernier of Rangers FC celebrates the victory at the end of the UEFA Europa League round of 32 second leg match between Sporting Club Braga and Rangers FC at Estadio Municipal de Braga on February 26, 2020 in Braga, Portugal.

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Tavernier probably isn’t far off the mark with his comments about the quality of the Braga side and you just need to look at some of the talents in their side to see why.

Players like Barcelona-bound Francisco Trincão are destined for the top and the result is a massive feather in the cap of Rangers boss Steven Gerrard.

 

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