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James Tavernier: I want to play for Rangers in Europe

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Rangers full back James Tavernier, who has set the heather alight with his performances in the Championship, has stated his desire to play for the Ibrox side in Europe.

With ten goals to his name already, and despite talk of a potential move back down to England sooner rather than later, the 24-year-old said: “The club has shown faith in me by bringing me here, so I want to show respect back.

“My ambition is to put this club where it belongs — in the top flight. Also, Rangers need to be in Europe and that’s where I want to play for this club. We want to be able to compete with teams from the top leagues around Europe. That’s my main ambition in the short term.

“Later down the line, if the club decides to sell me, there will be a decision about whether I want to leave. But at the moment I’m truly happy at this club. I feel comfortable here, my family has moved up and they’re enjoying the city.

“I played Europa League with Newcastle United and I know it’s a tournament players want to play in. Obviously, the Champions League is the top and the Europa is just below it, but it’s still a great tournament to play in. It’s a cup that you can possible win against very good European sides.

“Europe is massive and this club has always been involved in the Champions or Europa League. It needs to be back there. I walk past the trophy room at Ibrox when we have a pre-match meal or meeting and I see the collection in there.

“It’s only a small part of it, they have a lot more stored away in the vaults. But it shows how much the club has achieved. The history of the club is huge, it has won so many trophies. Winning silverware is the main focus. We want to bring as many trophies as possible, whatever the competition.”

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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