Rangers captain James Tavernier can’t wait for Thursday night’s Europa League clash with Lyon at Ibrox – with the skipper relishing another ‘electric’ European night in Glasgow’s southside.
The Gers welcome the Ligue 1 side to Ibrox and a likely sell-out crowd days after Tavernier’s stunning goal secured a 2-1 win for Rangers over St. Johnstone at McDiarmid Park.
Tavernier is no stranger to European football for Rangers, making 47 continental appearances so far for the Light Blues and is fired up ahead of the visit of Lyon.
“It is all about recovery now and we can look forward to Thursday,” Tavernier said [Rangers TV].
“It’s our first Europa League game at Ibrox, so we know the fans are going to be right behind us and it will be an electric night.
“The boys will be fired up for this one and I can’t wait.”
A win over the French side would be a phenomenal start to the group stage for Tavernier and co but with Rangers potentially missing Connor Goldson and Filip Helander against Lyon, it will be a huge ask.
With one-time Old Firm rival Moussa Dembele returning to Ibrox for the first time since leaving Celtic, there could also be a small measure of revenge for Tavernier after having to endure the French striker’s gloating.
Avoiding defeat will be the main target for Rangers on Thursday however, anything is possible at Ibrox on European nights and you can never write this Gers side off.
A revamp to the Europa League makes it even harder to reach the last 16 this year but there’s no reason Rangers can’t make it through their group and reach the knockout rounds again.