Key Rangers player just one spot behind Harry Kane in EL rankings, ahead of £22m Benfica star
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Rangers skipper James Tavernier one spot behind Harry Kane in Europa League player rankings

Rangers skipper James Tavernier has moved to just one spot behind Harry Kane in the Europa League player rankings after an outstanding start to the season.

The ‘FedEx Performance Zone‘ runs statistics from Europa League and domestic action through an algorithm to create rankings and unsurprisingly, the right-back is faring very well.

Rangers skipper James Tavernier scores from the spot in the Europa League group stage opener against Standard Liege. (Photo by VIRGINIE LEFOUR/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

Tavernier scored once and contributed to an opening matchday clean sheet against Standard Liege last week, which, coupled with his outstanding domestic form, saw him move into ninth position in the overall rankings.

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He didn’t manage to get on the scoresheet or notch an assist on Thursday night against Lech Poznan, but he did contribute to another shutout, and he’s since moved up to eighth.

After two matchdays, the Gers captain is still the highest-ranked defender in the competition and the second-highest-ranked English player behind Harry Kane.

With 3915, he’s now only two points behind the England captain, after Kane failed to make an impact off the bench in Spurs’ away defeat to Antwerp.

Kane was unable to prevent Tottenham from falling to defeat in Antwerp. (Photo by John Berry/Getty Images)

Tavernier sits one spot ahead of Group D rivals Benfica’s highest-rated player, Darwin Nuñez.

The Uruguay international signed for the Portuguese giants for €24m (approximately £22m) from Almeria in the summer [Goal.com] and scored a stunning hat-trick against Poznan on matchday one.

The Rangers star will no doubt be delighted to be in the top 10 form players in the competition and he certainly deserves his spot, after producing consistently outstanding performances across the opening months of the season.


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