JAMES TAVERNIER was thrilled that Rangers booked their place in Monday’s draw for the Europa League Round of 32 following tonight’s 1-1 draw with Young Boys at Ibrox.
The Light Blues finished second in Group G after Alfredo Morelos scored in the 30th minute this evening, taking his stunning tally in the competition to 14.
A Borna Barisic own goal in the 88th minute made it a nervy finish to the game but Steven Gerrard’s men held on to deservedly claim the point they required to go through to the knockout round.
A proud Tavernier, speaking to RangersTV post-match, said: “We’re delighted and, you know, I think when we all watched the draw in the canteen on the big screen, we would have taken going through second or first.
“We’re obviously devastated that we couldn’t win the group towards the end, but I’m just delighted for the club and for the boys in the dressing room, just with how far we’ve come.
“I think as soon as the group stage games came and you see how well we performed, we set the standards from then.
Tonight, we had a really good first half. We closed them down, we created chances and Alfredo popped up with a goal. I’m delighted for him.
“We just wanted to keep the ball out of the back of the net. We obviously conceded and that hurts a little bit, but delighted to go through.
“We obviously had to start the game right and I knew the boys were in the right frame of mind to do that.
“It was obviously a disappointing weekend but what a way to lift the place by going through to the last 32. I can’t wait for the draw and let’s see where it take us.
“We’re definitely going to get a big team, so I know the boys will go toe to toe with anybody and can’t wait for that in February.”