Rangers' Ajax motivation as Champions League foes add insult to injury
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Rangers' Ajax motivation as Champions League foes add insult to injury

Rangers’ Champions League foes Ajax have added insult to injury as they goad Ibrox skipper James Tavernier via their official Twitter account.

The Dutch giants humbled Rangers 4-0 last week in the club’s first match at European football’s top table for 12 years with captain Tav going off at half-time with injury.

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The Gers skipper had a torrid time on the night with Ajax striker Mohammed Kudus blowing Tavernier away to score Ajax’s third first-half goal.

And now by taking to Twitter to show a clip of ex-Man United star Daley Blind leaving James Tavernier stretching for the ball in the 4-0 hammering Ajax have dealt another blow to the Rangers skipper.

Surely the Gers captain will use this at motivation ahead of Ajax’s trip to Glasgow at the end of the Group Stage with Rangers hoping to regroup after back-to-back 4-0 defeats left the club rocked.

Following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II all football fixtures were postponed over the weekend – meaning the team have since had some respite – with Rangers’ match against Napoli at Ibrox also moved forward 24 hours.

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Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst opened up on the injury to James Tavernier at full-time of the Ajax humbling and revealed that the club had known about the knock for the last few weeks.

Despite this, Rangers persevered with the Ibrox skipper and let’s hope James Tavernier doesn’t wind up yet another name on a long list of Ibrox crocks this season.

“Tav had already got a knock a couple of weeks ago and he’s struggling a little bit,” said van Bronckhorst.

“Also with his fitness. It was good to change him because we could put Leon in as he was struggling a bit in the first half.”

Rangers already have John Souttar, Filip Helander, Ianis Hagi, Kemar Roofe, Tom Lawrence, Nmandi Ofoborh and Alex Lowry out of first-team action.

Meanwhile, Rangers have been sending a series of tributes after the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II last week.