The full-back could top the competition’s goalscoring chart if Rangers manage to stop Frankfurt playmaker Daichi Kamada from scoring twice in Sevilla.
The Japanese attacker is the only player left in position to catch up with Tavernier, who insists the most important aspect of the final is keeping the entire German side from scoring to give Rangers their best hope of glory .
“Of course you realize that later,” said Tavernier. “Obviously I’m in the best position [to win the top scorer award]. I would like to win this competition and lift the trophy and I want to be the top scorer, but the first goal is to concede a goal.
“Hopefully if we finish this game we’ll be in a great position and I think everything will fall into place after that.”
The Rangers captain has scored seven times in Europe so far, once more than Lyon’s Toko Ekambi and Porto’s Galeno and two ahead of today’s opponents Kamada and Patson Daka of Leicester.
Tavernier will go head-to-head against Filip Kostic, top scorer versus the tournament’s top assist-maker.
“Of course I respect how he plays. He’s a top player,” Tavernier continued.
“But I just have to bring the best version of me when the game starts and try to give him problems and get him to deal with me for most of the game.
“That’s all I can really do.”
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