JAMES TAVERNIER was delighted with the team performance that the Gers put in tonight against Villarreal.

The Light Blues played large parts of the game with ten men and the Rangers captain felt pride at the way they acquitted themselves int he match.

He said: “I’m really proud of the boys and the coaching staff are extremely proud of the lads today, even the subs.

“We put in some amount of effort when we went down to ten men and the result gives us a chance to go to Rapid and we know we need a win to go through.

“We have a good chance and I’m definitely proud of the boys tonight.

“We obviously wanted to win , but that felt like a win in ways today. We were resilient, Greegsy pulled off some tremendous saves at the back.

“The team defended really well and I’m proud of everyone today.”

Despite being down to ten men, the Light Blues created chances in the second half, with Kyle Lafferty working the keeper as soon as he came on and Glenn Middleton having the ball in the back of the net, only for it to be ruled out for offside.

Tavernier continued, “I didn’t see it, but I obviously thought that Glenn was onside.  However after the game I seen it back and he might have been a couple of yards offside.

“We still created chances, even with ten men, so that’s a positive. We have got to rest well, recover well because we have a tough game on Sunday.”

Next up for the Gers is a trip across to Edinburgh, where there’ll be another good atmosphere, something that Tavernier explain to the new signings.

Tavernier said: “It’s obviously important because I have the experience of going to Tynecastle.

“There’ll be a lot of new faces experiencing that, but we’ve played in some atmospheres this season, but I think all of the boys can cope with anything that their fans are going to give us.

“If we are as resilient as we were tonight defensively and we know that we are going to create chances going forward.”

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