As far as transfer reports, rumours and rumbles come, there have been plenty of ridiculous stories concerning Rangers over the years.

There’s a reason it’s called silly season, particularly in January.

But there is one report that’s surfaced already which arguably tops the van Persie’s or the Ronaldo’s, and it concerns a player leaving the club rather than joining.

Nah, I can’t see James Tavernier leaving Rangers either. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Rangers captain James Tavernier has bounced back even stronger from his stuttering form midway into the first half of the season.

Never has the Ibrox skipper looked more determined, more robust and more capable flying down that right-hand side than he does right now.

So, it’s no surprise that clubs, particularly those down south in the Premier League, might have one eye on the 27-year-old’s progress under Steven Gerrard.

But there is one link so ludicrous that it pains me to even repeat it. Newcastle United [Scottish Sun].

Please note, this is absolutely no suggestion that Newcastle aren’t interested in James Tavernier – rather just a suggestion that it’s ridiculous if they are.

Tav might’ve come through the ranks at St. James’ Park, hell, Newcastle United might be in dire need of a right-back, but there are multiple reasons why this does not add up.

James Tavernier came through the youth ranks at Newcastle and made 10 appearances for the Magpies. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Firstly, James Tavernier is clearly committed to the task at hand at Rangers and any suggestion he had to move on would rankle with him first, fans second.

One of our longest-serving players, the captain and a glue that holds our team together, Tavernier will not want to go anywhere without lifting silverware.

Whilst he may wish to try his hand at the Premier League eventually, the consistent force on Rangers’ right has unfinished business in Glasgow.

But beyond that – even if Steve Bruce headed a transfer dossier with Tavernier’s name – how would such a suggestion go down in the Newcastle boardroom?

Would Rangers seriously do transfer business with Mike Ashley? (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Whilst Rangers have no issue with Newcastle United, would the club ever realistically do business with Mike Ashley amid the ongoing retail chaos the Cockney has caused at Ibrox, let alone for our captain?

There have been more than a fair share of ridiculous transfer stories when it comes to Rangers over the years – and this one is certainly up there.

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