Rangers captain James Tavernier is relishing the prospect of facing reportedly Chelsea-boun superstar Kai Havertz on Thursday when the Gers take on Bayer Leverkusen.

Havertz is expected to move to London this summer in a move worth up to £90million and Tavernier hopes he remains with the Germans until after Thursday’s game.

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 01: Matthew Kennedy of Aberdeen is challenged by Ryan Kent and James Tavernier of Rangers FC during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Aberdeen and Rangers at Pittodrie Stadium on August 01, 2020 in Aberdeen, Scotland. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors.

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The Ibrox star thinks Leverkusen are one of the best sides he’s faced and insists that Steven Gerrard’s side is raring to go.

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“Kai Havertz is a very young, very gifted footballer,” Tavernier said, as quoted by the Sunday Post.

“He’s shown the rest of the world his qualities and ability at a young age, and caught the interest of big-name clubs.

“But you always want to play against the best players, so you don’t want to see them leave when you come across them.



“I hope he stays, and if we can play against him, then it’s one of those nights you know you’re up against the best and have to stand up to it.

“Bayer Leverkusen are definitely up there with the best teams we’ve faced in Europe.

“It will be a tough test going over to Germany, but we’re all raring to go.”

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 12: Kai Havertz of Bayer 04 Leverkusen scores his team's first goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Europa League round of 16 first leg match between Rangers FC and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at Ibrox Stadium on March 12, 2020 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

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The Gers trail Leverkusen 3-1 on aggregate from March’s first leg and it will be a tremendous result to overturn that on Thursday.

Even if Rangers do go out, it will be a great opportunity to get the players up to speed with a real test against a fantastic side in Leverkusen.

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