Rangers defender James Tavernier has claimed that the Gers have the ability to get into the Champions League in the future despite the club’s ‘up and down’ form – but insists his best football is ‘still to come’.
The 27-year-old senior player signed a new deal at Ibrox on Wednesday to tie him to the Gers until 2021 and wants to get his hands some silverware and play in Europe.
Tavernier joined the Light Blues in 2015 and has been a mainstay in the side since his arrival from Wigan Athletic for £200,000 and is already playing under his third manager at Ibrox.
The right-back thinks the last few years have been a “great learning curve” for the Gers but now has his sights on a place in the Champions League.
“I want to win the league. If we can go for the treble I want to win the treble,” Tavernier said, as quoted by the Belfast Telegraph.
“I want to aim high and be playing in the Champions League, so this club has got the capability to do that.
“Obviously when I first came, Mark Warburton gave me a great foundation to start my trade again and find my feet again just so I had that consistency of football.
“Now I’ve done that it’s been up and down for us but it’s been a great learning curve and I feel that my best football is still to come.”
After joining the Gers from Wigan, Tavernier has gone on to make 126 appearances for the Light Blues and was named captain in Sunday’s 6-1 Scottish Cup fifth-round demolition of League One side Ayr United.
Tavernier has lifted the Scottish Championship and Scottish Challenge Cup for the Gers but is yet to lift a major trophy as the club continue to wait for their first since 2011.
The defender will almost certainly be involved on Sunday when the Gers return to league action against Hamilton at New Douglas Park.
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