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James Tavernier believes Rangers are already in a position to cope with European football

The Gers defender has no fears over a potential Europa League campaign if his side beat Hibernian in the Scottish Cup final.

Rangers defender James Tavernier has claimed, as quoted by The Herald that the current Gers squad would already be able to cope with European football next season even before any strengthening this summer.

Despite having played second-tier Scottish football this season, Mark Warburton's side will enter next term's Europa League at the qualifying stages if they beat Hibernian in the Scottish Cup final next Saturday.

There has been some debate about how Rangers will cope next season since they secured their promotion back to the top flight, with some arguing that the club needs to strengthen considerably in the summer transfer window despite their semi-final victory over arch-rivals and Premiership champions Celtic.

However, Tavernier is confident that his side could handle the hectic schedule and high standard of football that would come with life in the Europa League even if they were relying on this season's Championship-winning squad.

The defender said, as quoted by The Herald: "Could we cope in Europe? One hundred per cent. We play good football and like to pass the ball around. The team we have would be able to cope with Europe, we have good intensity in the side.

"It’s a different experience playing in the Europa League. There are foreign referees, different players, and new stadiums. It would be a great experience to get there."

Despite Tavernier's confidence in the current Gers squad, reports have already begun to surface about planned additions in this summer's transfer window.

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Rossiter and Accrington pair Matt Crooks and Josh Windass have already been confirmed as joining the club, whilst speculation is increasing that Burnley midfielder Joey Barton could also make the move north of the border.

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