Steven Gerrard delighted with Rangers' second half showing in win over Maribor

Paola Ditto
Agosto 10, 2018

"But James handled it very well and that was probably his strongest performance so far". For me, he is a Premiership footballer.

Now Gerrard insists he wants Tavernier, who put Gers back in front with an early second-half penalty, to remain at the club as long as the former England and Liverpool captain does. 'It was a big decision to make him captain of this football club. He can play in the Premier League no problem. I speak to him every day.

He remains a key player for Gerrard, while Josh Windass completed a £2.5m move to Wigan and Declan John was sold to Swansea for £800,000. "I want James Tavernier here as long as I'm here".

"James knows what I think of him".

"But I noticed when I walked in that he is a leader and a very likeable guy in the dressing room". That's why I gave him the armband.

Lassana Coulibaly's late header put daylight between the teams but Mitja Viler's first-half equaliser for Maribor means there is still work to be done in next Thursday's return.

'It's always nice to get a bigger advantage in Europe, so the third goal is an important goal for us but we certainly won't be getting carried away by the score line.

Maribor coach Darko Milanic admitted Rangers had turned the tables on his side in the second half with a dominant display.

"I thought the players were terrific tonight, especially second half".

Based on his first couple of games the above Tweets say it all really, now if he can find full consistency and we can see what he's capable of then, and if he can keep that form going for the majority of the campaign - all players have dips after all - then we really could be laughing and then it's whether or not we have to pay through the nose or whether we have a buy clause on the loan. The challenge for us is whether we can do it over 90 minutes because if we do, we'll be a very good team. But then something didn't feel right from about 15-20 minutes until half-time.

"But we corrected it at half-time and we were sensational from then on and thoroughly deserved to come away with a 3-1 lead rather than 2-1. It's very close to how we want it to look".

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