Rangers fans react after footage featuring Tavernier command vs Standard Liege goes viral
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Rangers fans react after footage featuring Tavernier command vs Standard Liege goes viral

Rangers fans have raved about James Tavernier after the skipper’s command to his teammates ahead of the winning goal against Standard Liege surfaced on Twitter.

Tavernier scored from the spot in first-half injury time to ensure the Gers went into the break on level terms despite having trailed twice to the dangerous Belgian side.

James Tavernier converts a penalty for Rangers against Standard Liege. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Yet, the game was still in the balance following the hour mark, with neither team dominating proceedings.

With Benfica 3-0 up and cruising against Lech Poznan in Lisbon, Rangers could have looked to see out a draw, which would have been enough to seal their spot in the knockout stages.

However, when an attack broke down high on the left flank, Tavernier commanded his teammates to press the Standard players, rather than retreating.

“Go, go, go!” shouted the captain. Ryan Kent and Glen Kamara responded, closing down several opposition players and forcing a rushed clearance that came off the latter and was picked up by Steven Davis.

The veteran midfielder played a one-two with Scott Arfield, before passing the ball up the line to Borna Barisic. The Gers left-back found Kamara, who drove forward before playing in Ryan Kent with a reverse pass and the winger pulled the ball back to Arfield, whose first-time finish found the bottom right corner.

Scott Arfield scored the winner for Rangers against Standard Liege. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

It was an excellent team goal, but it may not have happened had Tavernier not barked out the order to press with intent.

His command wasn’t picked up during the initial broadcast but after footage was shared on Twitter [Raul Sanchez], Bears were quick to praise the right-back.

Here’s a selection of reactions from Twitter: