Rangers captain James Tavernier believes the transformation at Ibrox since losing to Progres under Pedro Caixinha has been “incredible” as the Gers sit on the brink of the last 32 of the Europa League.

Thursday’s win over Porto leaves Steven Gerrard’s side close to qualification and Tav thinks the changes that have been made to things like the players’ diets has helped make a difference.

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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The captain thinks that the set up is designed to be the best the club can make it and admits that standards have increased across the board.

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“It’s definitely some transformation from being knocked out by Progress, only a couple of years ago,” Tavernier said, as quoted by the Evening Times.

“It’s been incredible. The standard of player that has come through the door has risen and the quality of everything around Rangers has gone up as well – the facilities at the training ground have changed and got better for us – the kitchen, the canteen, everything.


“We spend almost every day in this environment and they’ve tried to make it the best they can for us. Even the food we eat every day now is up a notch from what we were eating.


“Small things make a difference, so all the things people aren’t seeing behind the scenes are really benefitting us.”

A win over Feyenoord in the penultimate Group G game will see the Gers virtually seal their place in the next round after an impressive run in the Europa League this season.

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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Gerrard’s side welcome Young Boys to Ibrox in the final game, giving Rangers two chances to qualify.

At the start of the season, fans were happy just to reach the group stage but there’s a real feeling of optimism that the Gers can progress even further now,

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