JAMES TAVERNIER says Rangers will target an early goal in tomorrow’s Europa League second leg tie with Progrès Niederkorn.
The former Newcastle and Wigan man fully enjoyed his first taste of European action at Ibrox last week, although he knows the tie should be sitting a lot more in Gers’ favour given the chances they missed on the night.
He realises an early strike tomorrow for Rangers could be potentially pivotal in the direction of the tie, and, while well aware the Luxembourgers will make it a tricky evening for the Light Blues, he harbours hopes of a comprehensive victory for Caixinha’s side.
Speaking to RangersTV, Tavernier said: “The teams that come to Ibrox don’t really try an exploit us – they tend to just sit back and try to catch us on the counter attack and at set-pieces.
“That’s what we expected from them and that’s what they did. It’s a matter of just being aggressive in front of their goal and to score as many goals as we can.
“It is disappointing when you are creating a lot of chances and the ball isn’t going in the goal. We got the one from Kenny to give us the upper hand in this second leg.
“We want to come over here and win comfortably. We want that early goal and then possibly more – we have looked at it and the early goal means they need three to get past us.
“We are looking to keep a clean sheet at the back and the forward men are looking to score as many goals as they can.
“You hear stories about the European night at Ibrox, and with it being the first night back the fans were brilliant and right behind us all the way.
“It’s good to get the clean sheet and to lead 1-0. If you get a clean sheet in any leg, you are always a step-ahead, and we’re looking for the early goal tomorrow to finish the tie off. We just need to be solid at the back – and if we’re that we go through anyway – so we just need to work hard and get that early goal.”
Rangers will be backed by thousands of supporters at the Josy Barthel Stadium in the Grand Duchy tomorrow night, and Tavernier hopes that can give them the added impetus to spur them on to victory.
He added: “We experienced it a little when we went to Red Bull Leipzig last season, and now the fans coming across here and hearing many are coming over means these are the sorts of games you want to be playing in.
“The fans are just brilliant and keep backing the team all the way.”