James Tavernier Praises Rangers’ Dynamic Duo Following Crucial Europa League Victory

Rangers secured a vital Europa League triumph over Sparta Prague, leaving skipper James Tavernier impressed with the standout performances of two key players.

The Gers wasted no time at Ibrox, storming into a commanding 2-0 lead within the opening 20 minutes, courtesy of goals from Danilo and Todd Cantwell. Despite missing opportunities to secure a third goal before halftime, the team faced a nervy finish as Sparta Prague narrowed the margin to 2-1 with 15 minutes remaining. Nevertheless, Rangers held their ground and clinched a crucial victory that significantly improved their chances of advancing automatically from the group stage.

In a post-match interview, Captain Tavernier shared his thoughts on the game, highlighting the stellar contributions of Danilo and 20-year-old substitute Ross McCausland. He remarked, “Yeah, we played really good football. The pressing from the front was really important. Danny rewarded himself with a good press and got his own goal from that.”

Tavernier acknowledged the team’s overall performance, emphasizing their prowess in creating goal-scoring opportunities. He noted the absence of a third goal in the second half but commended the team’s ability to withstand pressure, stating, “We obviously conceded the goal that we’re disappointed about, but I thought we saw the game out really well, and it’s three important points.”

When asked about the team’s playing style and the demand for relentless pressing, Tavernier confirmed, “Yeah, that’s the way he wants us to play. He wants the team fitter and stronger so we can do that for 90 minutes.” Tavernier praised the impact of the substitutes, highlighting their pivotal role in adhering to the manager’s tactical approach. He added, “It’s a squad game; we’re all going to need everyone this season, and it’s obviously shown in the game that the lads who came on I thought did a really good job.”

Expressing optimism about the team’s cohesion and strength, Tavernier concluded, “I thought Ross (McCausland) was going to get his first goal, but everyone’s really coming together, and we’re getting stronger and stronger.” The captain’s words reflect the unity and determination within the Rangers squad as they navigate a challenging season, aiming for success on multiple fronts.