JAMES TAVERNIER was delighted to notch the first competitive Rangers goal of the campaign for the second season in a row.

Tavernier edged the Gers ahead just after half time in today’s League Cup match against Motherwell before Martyn Waghorn sealed the points with an excellent goal in time added on.

The Light Blues full back scored the opening goal of last season with an excellent free kick against Hibernian and his strike today was curled into the top corner after a good cut back from Waghorn.

Speaking to RangersTV following the match, Tavernier said: “It’s a great start to the season and we’re obviously into our second game of pre-season.

“We’ve had a few weeks now of working really hard, going over to Charleston and working there along with playing a game.

“To come to Motherwell and put in a great performance from the team, looking really strong, is a great start to the season.”

The score at half time was locked at 0-0 with Motherwell creating the better chances despite the Light Blues dominating possession before the Gers came out fighting in the second half, looking much sharper and creating more chances.

Tavernier continued: “We’ve been quite lucky in the first half with them not finishing their chances, but in the second half we created a lot of chances which we should have put away.

“I’m obviously relieved that I could get the first goal and from there we could relax a little bit and build from there.

“As soon as Waggy passed it back, I just guided it towards the back post and I’m really happy that it went in.

“It’s one of the most difficult types of games that we played last year, where teams try to catch us on the counter attack and sit in front of the goal.”

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