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Tavernier’s Champions League target

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James Tavernier signed a new Ibrox deal last night and set his sights on playing in the Champions League!

The former Carlisle and Wigan defender was linked with a couple of Championship clubs in January but none were prepared to come up with a fee.

Ten days ago the 26-year-old was the fall guy after gifting Hibs a penalty at Ibrox but after world class displays against Partick Thistle and Ayr Tav is dreaming of glory again.

After signing his new deal he told the Sevco website: “I want to win the league. If we can go for the Treble I want to win the Treble.

I want to aim high and be playing in the Champions League, so this club has got the capability to do that.

It’s got the fans behind us all the way, it’s down to the players to push really hard to get to that point.”

Tav was in the Sevco side that crashed out of the Europa League in the first round qualifier against Progres Niederkorn in July.

To reach the Champions League the Ibrox side would need to beat Celtic and Aberdeen to the SPFL title then get through four qualifying rounds against seeded opponents.

With the club taking on a £3m loan from Close Brothers summer spending is expected to be minimal with the soft loans from Dave King and the three bears no longer available.

Close Brothers will have to be repaid from the early season ticket money with many loyal fans unlikely to renew when they discover that the January loan signings all return to their parent clubs and Murts awarded the managers job on a permanent basis.

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