Rangers captain James Tavernier’s performances for the Light Blues have convinced his former boss Steve Evans that he could play for Manchester City or Liverpool as he claims “seven or eight” Premier League sides have asked him about the right-back.
Stevenage manager Evans worked with Tavernier during a loan spell at Rotherham earlier in his career, and is confident that Tav would make an able replacement for Trent Alexander-Arnold at Anfield.
“The best plaudit I could give him is he could play for Liverpool if Alexander-Arnold was out,” Evans said [BBC]. “He could compete in the Manchester City team. He would suit both.”
While Evans, a lifelong Celtic fan, believes Tavernier could play for either of the Premier League’s top two, he confessed that several clubs in England’s top flight had asked about Tav.
While the interest has been there, Evans claims nobody has been willing to “pay the money” needed to lure Tavernier away from Ibrox.
“It’s not for the want of people trying,” Evans added . “In the last couple of seasons, seven or eight good Premier League managers have asked me about him.
“But the only reason he hasn’t left isn’t because people won’t pay the money. He’s never said he wants to leave. Rangers fans have a special captain.”
Could Tavernier really play for City or Liverpool?
While Tavernier’s place in Rangers’ legacy continues to split fans, there’s little doubt that the Ibrox star has been one of the Gers’ most important players in his time here.
Whether he’d be able to play for City or Liverpool is up for debate but, with much better players around him, he probably could do a job for either.
With 77 goals and 106 assists to his name for Rangers, Tavernier’s offensive numbers are ridiculous for a defender and given the sort of attacking space he’d get with City or Liverpool, he’d likely be able to continue to contribute.
It’s unlikely Pep or Klopp will be knocking down Ross Wilson’s door this summer though so we likely won’t be seeing Tav follow Nathan Patterson to the Premier League imminently.
Evans’ comment about club’s not being willing to pay the money is an interesting one, with Rangers’ valuation of their skipper never really something that’s been public.