Rangers captain James Tavernier has admitted that the club has been “transformed massively” during his time at Ibrox – and pointed to having England legend Jermain Defoe on the bench as proof of how things have changed.
Tavernier was one of the first faces in the door when Mark Warburton took charge of the club in 2015 and is now one of the longest-serving players at Ibrox.
The right-back compared the current squad to the one that faced Hibs in the 2016 Scottish Cup final and is confident the club has “gone in the right direction” over his spell.
“It’s transformed massively,” Tavernier said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“It was a great squad that I came into when I first arrived at the club under Mark Warburton.
“But the players have got better and the team is a lot better too. You can look back on the Scottish Cup final when we played Hibs.
“If you look at the team we had on the pitch and the players we had on the bench and compare that to now then we’ve got Jermain Defoe on the bench. The levels of quality in the squad here now is massive.
“The transformation has taken us far. We are a lot more competitive in Europe and domestically as well. The training ground and the stadium is improving too. This club has really gone in the right direction over the past five years.”
Tavernier could go from the Championship to the last 32 of the Europa League after Thursday’s draw with Feyenoord but attention will now turn to tomorrow’s clash with Hearts.
The Gers can’t afford a poor performance against the Jambos as they embark on a crucial run of games.
With the Europa League decider against Young Boys and two Old Firm games, it is a make or break run of games over the coming weeks for Rangers.