James Tavernier bursting with pride ahead of Rangers' Europa League final in Seville
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James Tavernier bursting with pride ahead of Rangers' Europa League final in Seville

Rangers captain James Tavernier joins an elite band of Gers skippers to have led the side out in a European final when the Light Blues face Eintracht Frankfurt on Wednesday night – and the competition’s top scorer has insisted that Gio van Bronckhorst’s side will “really take the game” to the Germans.

Wednesday’s clash at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán is the fifth time Rangers have appeared in a European final, with the last coming 14 years ago in 2008, and Tavernier could join John Greig as the only Rangers skippers to win a lift a European trophy.

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Tav confessed that winning the Europa League would be a dream for him as he opened up on his pride at being captain going into the biggest game in decades for Rangers.

“It will be a dream come true for me personally,” said Tavernier [Sky Sports]

“They’re an exceptional group of boys who are in there and I couldn’t be prouder to be walking out with them come Wednesday night. It’s been 50 years since we last won a European cup and it’s our 150th anniversary.

“We know Frankfurt are a very good team – they have knocked out Barcelona and West Ham.

“You can’t really consider the league position they’re in. They’ve got to the final for a reason.

“They are good at counter-attacks, and they’re a German team so they will obviously be good on the ball and strong physically. So we just have to nullify their threats and really take the game to them.”

Tavernier’s place as Rangers icon will be undeniable with Europa League success in Seville

If Tavernier ends Wednesday night hoisting the 15kg Europa League trophy into the Seville sky, his place among the greats of Rangers’ history will be undeniable.

The right-back could, and probably will, end the competition as top goalscorer which in an outrageous feat in itself as Rangers eye a stunning European success.

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While I’ve previously argued Tavernier’s place in the Rangers Hall of Fame is already assured, even his biggest critics will come around if he leads the Gers to the club’s second European trophy in their 150th anniversary year.