Rangers star James Tavernier has made his mindset clear ahead of Thursday night’s Europa League clash against Lyon [Rangers.co.uk].
The Gers skipper had a disrupted start to the season with patchy form and an enforced Covid-related absence.
However, he bagged a stunning winner in Saturday’s Premiership fixture at St Johnstone to silence any critics and now he’s looking forward to Europa League football returning to Ibrox.
Last season, 29-year-old scored twice and notched three assists in the competition proper as Rangers reached the Last 16 for the second year running.
The entire campaign took place behind closed doors, though, and he’s excited that this season’s group opener against esteemed opposition will be played in front of a near-full house.
“I love the big nights under the lights against top teams,” he said [Rangers.co.uk] “It brings the best out of everyone. It ultimately brings the best out of you, and you want to compete against the best and show how good you are on that stage.”
“To have a game at home with Ibrox rocking, these are the games you can’t wait to play.”
There was some debate during the opening weeks of the season about the right-back slot and whether it was time for Steven Gerrard to deploy Nathan Patterson ahead of Tavernier.
Patterson is an exceptional young talent but there’s no doubt that Tav deserved the time to get back to his best level.
He’s an outstanding full-back who has demonstrated remarkable mental toughness since arriving at Ibrox in 2015 and it would be a risky move to bet against him captaining the Gers to another famous European win on Thursday night.
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