Glasgow Rangers secured their progression to the next round of Europa League qualifying on Thursday evening, and after the match their supporters celebrated a landmark of a key player on social media.
The Gers were always in the box seat when heading to Luxembourg to face off against Progres Niederkorn in the second leg of their tie, after winning the first leg 2-0 at Ibrox last week, and never really looked like relinquishing the advantage.
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard will have been disappointed that his side couldn’t add to their lead overall in the second leg, but with the commencement of their Scottish Premiership campaign on Sunday afternoon, it might be no bad thing that they were not seriously pushed.
The Gers ground out a 0-0 draw in Luxembourg, to ensure there would be no repeat of the amazing shock they suffered against the same opposition in this competition a couple of seasons ago.
Gerrard accused his Rangers side of looking for the perfect goal to seal the tie with, and while there was an element of that, I don’t think too many will be disappointed with the result, as the Glasgow giants progress, even if it wasn’t a night to remember.
It was a big evening for one man in a Gers shirt however, as it was the 200th appearance for defender James Tavernier, a player who has been pivotal to their revival in recent years.
He would have liked to mark his fine achievement of games played for Rangers with a better result than the outcome in Luxembourg, but the main thing is that they progressed to the next round of the competition.
The Gers fans were quick to pick up on a tweet Tavernier sent out after the match, and rushed to congratulate him on what is a fine record in the modern game.
Here are some of their messages:
Congratulations on 200 appearances skipper. Sometimes result is better than performance. Now bring on killie. Best of luck for the season.
— Colin Campbell (@ColinCa75285912) August 1, 2019
Stay for another 200 and deliver 55 CAPTAIN TAV 🔴⚪🔵#LETSGO 🇬🇧
— MartyRFC (@Gers4me1872) August 1, 2019
Stay here with the fans who love you for another 200 Tav
— DANNY (@DANNYTROUBLE159) August 1, 2019
— Gav (@afgavinstan) August 1, 2019
Yes tav 💙 that’s it least we got to next round onwards and upwards 💙 love you captain 🔴⚪️🔵
— ElBufalo 🐃🇨🇴 (@55incoming) August 1, 2019
Well done tav , why not another 200 ? Being Captain of our club is the greatest honour you will ever have professionally and you deserve it . Let’s go 🇬🇧
— Mark Leighton (@MarkyLeighton84) August 1, 2019
See it through and win the league. You will become a legend. No other club will offer you this opportunity. Seize the day skipper.
— John Welsh (@Welsh18John) August 1, 2019
Massive Congrats Captain…..you’ve been superb for the club (Don’t know about the tattoos mind lol)
Win a lot, lose a little 😏
— Graham Highet (@Haggis2593) August 1, 2019
Congratulations. Look forward to watching the next 200 👏
— kg bluenose (@GoldKrisgold) August 1, 2019
What an achievement Tav, bring on the next 200
— Tor Hutchison (@Torheedarmy91) August 1, 2019