Rangers captain James Tavernier hopes Rangers can maintain their impressive Europa League run and insists it is “only a good thing for Scottish football.

The Gers – and bitter rivals Celtic – have put Scotland on the brink of a second Champions League place and Tavernier wants the Gers to build on the 2-0 win over Porto last night and secure qualification from the group.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 03: James Tavernier of Rangers is seen during the Betfred League Cup semi final between Rangers and Heart of Midlothian at Hampden Park on November 03, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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With two games to go in Group G, the Rangers star also thinks competing against the likes of Porto and Feyenoord can help Scottish football improve.

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“The level that we’re playing against, and we’re competing, it can only be good for Scottish football,” Tavernier said, told a press conference earlier (Watch on Rangers’ official Youtube channel)

“Hopefully we can get more wins and get a better ranking so more teams can get into the Champions League and European football.


“It’s only a good thing for Scottish football.”


Rangers still have Young Boys to visit Ibrox once they travel to Rotterdam to take on Feyenoord but a win would be enough to virtually guarantee qualification for the last 32.

James Tavernier of Rangers during the Scottish Premier League match between Hearts and Rangers at Tynecastle Park on 20 October, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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If that does happen, both halves of the Old Firm will have hopefully done enough to increase Scotland’s coefficient ranking and secure extra places.

There will also be a boost by not having to start as early as in previous seasons and allow Steven Gerrard’s players to get a little bit more rest over the summer.


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