Rumours online have suggested that Rangers star James Tavernier could be set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering an appendix problem.

Twitter and various Rangers forums are ablaze with the rumour as Steven Gerrard’s side prepare to return to action after the winter break and a week in Dubai.

The Gers face Stranraer on Friday night before returning to league action against St. Mirren in seven days and losing Tavernier would be a big blow – although there has been nothing from the club as yet to confirm whether he will be sidelined.

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If the full-back does miss out, Jon Flanagan or Matt Polster would be the likely options to replace him, although academy star Nathan Patterson could be given the chance to shine after impressing during the trip to Dubai and 6-1 win over Lokomotiv Tashkent.

ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 28: James Tavernier of Rangers FC celebrates after Alfredo Morelos of Rangers FC (not pictured) scores his sides second goal during the UEFA Europa League group G match between Feyenoord and Rangers FC at De Kuip on November 28, 2019 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

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It seems unlikely that the teenager would be thrown in ahead of Flanagan or Polster but his performances for the Colts have won rave reviews from Graeme Murty and saw him earn a place in the squad for the winter break training camp.

Hopefully, it is just a false alarm – and we want to make clear that it is currently only just a rumour – and Tavernier is fit to take his place in the side and losing the right-back would be a big blow given his importance going forward.

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