Rangers captain James Tavernier has written his name into Ibrox folklore after his part in helping the club secure 55 – and now the Ibrox hierarchy need to meake tying Tav down to a long-term contract their number one priority.
The right-back is approaching the sixth anniversary of his move to Ibrox from Wigan and after finally getting his hands on major silverware, he’s achieved what Rangers fans have craved since the moment he joined the club.
With 63 goals and 89 assists in 284 games for the Light Blues, Tavernier’s attacking return is simply phenomenal for a defender and replacing him will be a massive task if he’s allowed to move on.
Although Tav still has a little over a year left on his contract, the only chance Rangers would have of making any sort of financial return would be to sell the skipper this summer but after helping secure a place in the Champions League next season it is incredibly unlikely he’d even consider leaving this summer anyway.
That means it is either going to be a case of allowing him to run down the final year of his contract or doing everything in the club’s power to get him to renew.
After everything he’s given the club, few would grudge Tav the chance to go elsewhere and fulfil any other ambitions the Englishman has left – but with everything there is still to do it Ibrox, it is hard to see why he’d want to leave.
Whatever happens this season, Rangers need to do everything they can to keep Tavernier at Ibrox beyond the summer of 2022.
Meanwhile, Rangers are reportedly scouting a 27-goal striker with a view to a potential summer swoop.