The Daily Record reports that Rangers captain James Tavernier is in a protective boot ahead of Thursday night’s Europa League first-leg Last 16 clash against Bayer Leverkusen at Ibrox.

The 28-year-old sustained a foot injury last Wednesday and was forced off with 15 minutes remaining in the shock 1-0 defeat to Hamilton.

Rangers skipper Tavernier is in a race to be fit to face Bayer Leverkusen. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It appeared to be more of a knock than a major issue, but Tavernier subsequently aggravated the problem in training and is now in a race against time to be fit to face the in-form German side.

It’s claimed by the Record that he’s currently in a boot in an effort to combat swelling and to give him additional support, in the days leading up to the first leg.

Meanwhile, Ryan Jack continues to be a doubt due to a knee injury which kept him out of the weekend clash against Ross County.

Tavernier has been an ever-present in the competition to date. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)


Tavernier has come under major pressure in recent times amid Rangers’ collapse in domestic competition.

The skipper has played his part in costly defensive lapses in the latest two defeats, while his programme notes ahead of the Accies game were badly received by fans.

He’s played every minute of the Gers’ impressive Europa League campaign so far, though, meaning his absence would leave a void.

He made a bad error away at Young Boys, but has otherwise been solid at the back as his side have seen off the Feyenoord, Porto and most recently, Braga.

Should he miss out, Matt Polster would likely continue at right-back, having played the full 90 minutes at Ross County at the weekend.

The US international has shown up reasonably well when called upon, but he is yet to appear in the Europa League proper and given the array of attacking talent Bayer possess, it would be by far his biggest test yet in a Rangers shirt.

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