Rangers penned another chapter of success in the club’s history as they reached the Europa League with a helter-skelter 3-1 victory at home to RB Leipzig on Thursday night.

Played to the backdrop of an Ibrox that was thundering from the first whistle, James Tavernier sparked an eruption as he tapped in an 18th-minute opener, nudging Rangers ahead on the night and wiping out RB Leipzig’s first-leg lead.

Ryan Kent rolled the ball across goal for Tavernier to sneak in unmarked after Glen Kamara pivoted away from Kevin Kampl in midfield. The Finland international swiftly followed up his cameo role in the first goal with an effortless stroke into the bottom corner to put Rangers ahead on aggregate, crisply finishing off a slick passing sequence which began with a high press that was indicative of their front-foot approach all over the pitch.

Joe Aribo almost trebled the hosts’ advantage inside half an hour. As Tavernier nodded down Borna Barisic’s cross at the back post, the makeshift forward swiped at the ball within the six-yard box but barely connected with his weaker right foot.

While the crowd scarcely let up, the players in blue eased off the throttle after the interval, increasingly ceding possession to Leipzig while shifting into a 5-4-1 off the ball.

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