JAMES TAVERNIER reckons the Europa League has shown Rangers in their best light – and hopes tomorrow’s match with Braga will spark them back into their best form.
The Ibrox captain cannot wait to lead his side out once more in front of what will be a full house – though he knows it could be a tough evening against a Braga side in sparkling form.
He told this afternoon’s media conference: “I believe European competition has brought the best performances from our team. These European nights under the lights in front of our crowd, and going away to good stadiums and good teams has brought the best out of the players.
“Hopefully tomorrow night we can bring the form that we have been looking for and take that towards the end of the season.
“We have had a slow start since we have come back from the winter break. The performances have got better, but the levels still aren’t where we want to be at. We know in this European tie we can bring that form and get that form back against a good team like Braga.
“It is going to be a tough game and it is going to bring the best out of the players who are going to be selected and I hope it can bring the form we are looking for.
“They are in great form, so we know it will be a tough test. They have got great attacking threat and have been doing really well in the league.
“We know we are going to have a real, good test on our hands but I think that brings the best out in our team when we play good teams who attack.
“I think it will be a good, attacking game and that suits us. It’s a two-legged game, so we have to be patient, no matter what is happening throughout the game.
“We are hoping as a team to come away with a clean sheet – that is our main aim. We know we are going to create chances, but we have to be more clinical than we have of late where we have probably missed chances and not tucked them away.”
The skipper was also quizzed on whether he’d be back taking penalty kicks for the side soon, and responded: “I’m always available for selection. It comes down to the gaffer and the staff who they want to select – but I am always available to step-up and take a penalty.
“I’ve been practicing on the training field like I normally do, and I have been going away really nicely. I just keep doing the stuff I normally do – prepare right and if I am called upon then I would be more than confident to step-up.”