Tavernier sets Rangers targets for Europa League
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Tavernier sets Rangers targets for Europa League

Rangers captain James Tavernier has insisted that the minimum acceptable for the Gers in Europe is reaching the Europa League group stages after the draws were made for the first and second qualifying round.
The Light Blues face Kosovan’s FC Prishtina or St. Joseph’s of Gibraltar in the first round before a potential clash with Cardiff Met, Cork City or Progres Niederkorn.

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Tav admits he “can’t wait” for the competition to start on July 11th and believes Steven Gerrard’s squad are good enough to reach the knockout stages.

“I can’t wait to get started in the Europa League, we are going to have a good week in Portugal which will be tough, then, we come back and get right into competitive games. I can’t wait for that first game,” Tavernier told Rangers official website.

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“Minimum we have to be qualifying for the group stage and then I want us to set a target that we can go into the knockout stages.

“I do believe you get the luck of the draw in the group stages but I believe we have a good enough team to push ourselves into the knockout stages.”
The Gers reached the groups last season and getting that far is the bare minimum expected – unless they get a horrific draw later in qualifying.

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After going so close last year, there’s no reason the Gers can’t look to reach the knockout rounds this time around.
Before that though, the Gers need to avoid over-confidence against smaller teams in qualifying and fall at the first hurdle like last time they faced Progres.