Five things to know about James Tavernier / C3 / Finale / Eintracht-Rangers /

Captain of Rangers, James Tavernier has established himself as one of the basic men of the club since his arrival in the summer of 2015. A full-back by trade, the Englishman and his ultra-offensive profile nevertheless sit at the top of the Europa League scorers heading into the final. A trophy that the 30-year-old man with the most winding course would see himself lifting with his adopted club, fourteen years after the last European final of the Gers.

  • He knows the UK like the back of his hand
    Leeds, Newcastle, Gateshead, Carlisle United, Sheffield Wednesday, MK Dons, Shrewsbury, Rotherham, Wigan, Bristol City… In barely five years, James Tavernier has crossed England from north to south, from League One to fifth division, going through a few meager appearances in the Premier League with the Magpies, his training club. But wherever he goes, confidence is hardly there. The Bradford-born globetrotter experienced all the stages of English football, before going into exile with Rangers in 2015. The explosion. Again, he must go through the second division – where the Gers are still sailing when he arrives – before fully blossoming on the upper floor. Settled in the second city of the United Kingdom for seven long seasons, the guy has finally found a second home.

  • He could match Ronald Koeman
    Seven goals in thirteen games: as usual, James has struck down lightning since the start of this Europa League. Dortmund, Red Star, Braga and Leipzig: everyone has been there since the start of the knockout phase. A success that places him at the top of the scorers’ rankings of the competition before the final, with 7 goals. The last defender to be crowned top scorer in European competition? Ronald Koeman and his eight pawns during the C1 1993-1994.

    Since he landed in Glasgow, « Tav » has turned into a stats machine (345 games, 83 goals, 107 assists) which has rarely seized up since his first successful free kick on his debut against Hibernian. Impressive numbers, although it should be noted that he is the team’s penalty taker. « The best compliment I can give him is that he could play for Liverpool if Alexander-Arnold was out. He could also have his place in the Manchester City team. It would suit both” said Steve Evans, his coach at Rotherham in 2013-2014, for the BBC.

  • He obviously has his song at Ibrox Park
    And spoiler, it’s not about his defensive qualities. « He’s James Tavernier / He makes defenders fear / Running down the wing / Hear the Rangers sing… » (It’s James Tavernier / He scares defenders / He runs on the wing / Listen to the Rangers sing… in VF). An illustration of the symbol that the player has become in seven seasons, he who arrived in a club in full reconstruction before participating in the rise in the first division, then to the title of Scottish champion, last season. A year ended with 17 caramels, 20 assists, a player of the year title and an armband tied around the arm by Steven Gerrard.

    “Some will say that I am part of the furniturehe confided this week in an interview with Sky Sports. Win the Europa League as captain? That would place me among the greats of the club. This is where we all want to be. We want to leave a legacy. » No doubt when it’s time to leave, that of ‘Tav’ will have a particular flavor in the west of Glasgow.

  • At home, green is banned
    Like any good self-respecting Ger, James Tavernier has learned to hate the cumbersome neighbor of Celtic. A lack of love that sometimes becomes sickly. “I called him on Facetime when Celtic were playing Ross County and it was like he was playing against them in the last five minutes. He was coaching County, telling them to clear, to pass instructions. laughed his brother Marcus last year in The Athletic. A contagious passion which has also reached certain members of his family, like his mother. Marcus, always: “She has become the number one supporter of Rangers, she loves the club. She refuses to have anything green at home, and no longer utters a word that could evoke the name of a Celtic player. » Difficult under these conditions to hide his happiness at having deprived the bhoys of a tenth consecutive title last spring.

  • He created a dog breeding with a friend… before quickly closing it
    A great dog lover, James Tavernier was the happy master of two furballs named Rio and David, in homage to Rio Ferdinand and Edgar Davids, during his childhood. In 2018, he therefore decided with a friend to open a pooch farm, Designer Bullies UK. “It’s something I started with a friend I’ve known since I was three. We decided to start a business around these dogs, and it’s doing really well right now. I like it and I like being with the dogshe revealed at a press conference. None of my teammates have bought one yet, but I know Josh (Windass) is looking for a dog, so maybe I’ll try to persuade him. » A business which unfortunately did not last, after the publication of photos of the player in the company of bullmastiffs with cut ears, a practice prohibited in the UK and in Europe. Faced with pressure from several animal rights associations, the company was forced to close.
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