Rangers captain James Tavernier is the highest-ranked defender in the Europa League at the halfway point of the group stages.

The Gers star fell eleven places in the overall FedEx Performance Rankings to 20th following his side’s 3-3 draw with Benfica on Thursday night, but with 4464, he’s still 274 points ahead of nearest defensive challenger, Marash Kumbulla of Roma.

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James Tavernier in Europa League action for Rangers against Benfica. (Photo by Jose Manuel Alvarez/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

It seems Tavernier has been harshly done by this week, as he’s only been credited with one assist from the high-scoring draw at the Estádio da Luz, when he really should have been awarded two.

It was the right-back’s cross that Diogo Gonçalves inadvertently turned into his own net for the Gers’ first goal, while he also squared for Alfredo Morelos, who put the visitors 3-1 up shortly after the interval.


This apparent error will have robbed him of points, so it’s particularly impressive that he’s still in the top 20 form players in the competition.

Tavernier’s overall numbers are outstanding so far this season and domestic form is factored into these rankings. The full-back has scored ten goals, notched eights assists and contributed to 15 clean sheets in just 19 appearances.

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Tavernier has led by example for Rangers this season. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The next Ger in the rankings is Alfredo Morelos (3382 points), who has moved into 71st spot following his goal and assist in Lisbon.

Borna Barisic (96th) is the only other Ranger in the top 100, with the Croatian international racking up 3019 points to date.

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