Rangers star makes history with Europa League achievement
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Rangers star makes history with Europa League achievement

Rangers captain James Tavernier has become the first defender since Barcelona’s Ronald Koeman to be named top goal scorer in a major European competition.

The Ibrox star’s seven strikes – each of them coming in the knockout round of the Europa League – saw him pip a host of top names to the prize.

Karl Toko-Ekambi – who scored for Lyon in a 2-0 win at Ibrox earlier in the competition – finished joint-second on six strikes, alongside ex-Braga and now Porto star Galeno.

The flying wingback was officially recognised by UEFA as a result of his exploits and despite failing to lift the trophy, Tav can be immensely proud of his contribution.

This is the first time since Ronald Koeman scored eight goals for Barcelona in the Champions League of 93/94, where the Catalans reached the final.

Rangers captain James Tavernier “devastated” after Europa League Final defeat

A despondent James Tavernier also spoke to the media after the crushing defeat to Frankfurt in the Europa League Final and claims attention quickly shifts to the Scottish Cup Final v Hearts.

“I’m devastated,” said James Tavernier after the Europa League Final defeat to Frankfurt [STV].

“It’s devastating the way the game unfolded. To lose on penalties is tough to take.

“We took the lead and then conceded a goal that we probably should have done better on.

“Their keeper makes a fantastic save from Ryan [Kent] towards the end and then obviously saves the penalty.

“I’m devastated but I’m also proud of everyone associated with Rangers and every single one of those players that’s in the dressing room.

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“On the journey that we’ve been on, the fans have followed us everywhere. Our dream tonight was to make everyone proud.

“We obviously didn’t push it over the line but the effort that the boys put in, I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

The emotional toll of losing the Europa League Final in such circumstances is clearly massive, the financial implications could also prove seismic.