Rangers captain James Tavernier cut a crestfallen figure as the Light Blues lost the Europa League final to Frankfurt on penalties last night in Seville – but he’s urged his Ibrox teammates to use the pain of losing a European final as ‘fuel’ to push them on next season.
Kevin Trapp’s save from Aaron Ramsey’s penalty denied Rangers a historic Europa League win as over 100,000 Gers fans descended on Seville for the final.
Tavernier insisted that the focus has to turn to Saturday’s Scottish Cup final rather than licking their wounds as he sent a rallying cry to his teammates after the disappointment of losing to Frankfurt in Seville.
“I’m just devastated but obviously I’m proud of every single one of those lads in the changing room,” the Rangers skipper told BT Sport. “I’m proud of the club and the fans with the support they’ve given us throughout this run.
“We obviously wanted to make everyone proud but we didn’t get it over the line. To lose on penalties … it hurts but I’m proud of everyone that stepped up and took one.
“We went toe to toe with them. It’s disappointing that we took the lead and conceded a goal like that. The keeper obviously made a fantastic save from Ryan Kent towards the end and then saved a penalty.
“But I’m proud of every single person who’s involved with Rangers. We’ve got to use this as fuel to push us on.
“We want to be back in these finals. We’ve got a massive game on Saturday.
“We’re a close-knit dressing room. We’ll get around each other. We’ll go and see our families now and recover well. We’ve got a massive game on Saturday.
“I know every single one of the lads in that dressing room will use that hurt and give it our all come Saturday.”
Rangers must dust themselves off ahead of Hampden this weekend and forget Seville agony
Ahead of the Scottish Cup final, there’s no room for the Rangers players to be wallowing in self-pity after last night’s heartbreak.
25,000 Rangers fans at Hampden will be expecting a reaction and a performance and it is on the players now to deliver that and avoid ending the season empty-handed.
Ending the season with the Scottish Cup is now absolutely vital for Rangers and there will be no room for excuses if they fail at Hampden.
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