Rangers captain James Tavernier won’t soon be eligible to play for Scotland – despite reports yesterday claiming otherwise.
The Daily Record reported that the Gers skipper would become eligible for a call-up to Steven Clarke’s squad soon under FIFA residence rules after spending five years in Scotland, however the four home nations have a slightly different agreement in place.
— Daily Record Sport (@Record_Sport) August 10, 2019
Tavernier would be a fantastic addition to the Scotland set up but the simple fact is that he is, and will remain, ineligible to pull on a dark blue jersey and run out at Hampden.
Since 2010, the four British FA’s have deemed the residency rule to only apply if a player has spent five years being educated in that country before they turn 18, with the agreement ratified by FIFA.
That immediately rules out Tavernier and it would take a change of the rules to allow him to represent the Tartan Army.
The rule was last changed following a row over then-Hearts star Andy Driver’s eligibility and led to the rule being clarified and it seems incredibly unlikely that the home nations would scrap that in favour of FIFA’s wider ruling.
Barring a dramatic shift in policy from all four home nations then, unfortunately for Tavernier, international football just isn’t on the horizon for the Rangers captain.