JAMES TAVERNIER led Rangers to a Europa League play-off against Galatasaray at Ibrox on Thursday with his 50th goal for the club in the 4-0 victory over Willem II in Holland last night.

The skipper was taken off spot-kicks by boss Steven Gerrard last season after failing to convert for the third time in five attempts.

But the right-back accepted the responsibility against the Dutch to thump in the half-century and get the ball rolling.

Winger Ryan Kent, had been brought down for the spot-kick award, then slotted in the second before setting up Filip Helander for No.3. Connor Goldson put the seal on an impressive performance.

Govan gaffer Gerrard is not taking anything for granted, despite home advantage against the Turks and, speaking to Sky Sports News, said: “Listen, we will certainly take confidence and tap into our results from the last couple of years.

“But, let’s have it right, Galatasaray are a big club, a massive team and they are certainly coming to Ibrox as favourites, for sure.

“It is very frustrating, obviously, not to have our full house and that atmosphere behind us that would give us some kind of advantage.

“But I think it is going to be a really tough game without that there. The players deserve the opportunity and we will give it everything that we have got.”

Rangers will be in action again on Sunday when they visit Motherwell on Premiership business with a noon kick-off.

A victory will lift them four points above Celtic who play Hibs at 3pm and will still have a game in hand.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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