James Tavernier’s departure from Rangers seems to be riddled with constant speculation these days.
Over the summer, Rangers had to rebuff several attempts from West Brom to take their star-man. Now, the latest is that Mark Warburton could potentially be interested in taking the Englishman from Ibrox, if he gets appointed as Burnley’s technical director.
If it’s not one team, it’s another that seems to be in for Tavernier. If Rangers are to keep pushing forward, however, they can’t allow constant speculation to have any affect on morale.
You have to wonder just how many attempts it’s going to take for Steven Gerrard to convince everyone that his captain is going nowhere. Firstly, he slapped the captaincy on him in a massive show of faith when he came into the club. The Liverpool icon has been full of praise for Tavernier since arriving in Glasgow, and puts a lot of trust into him.
After that, Rangers offered him a new four-year contract in September. For those who may wonder how keen Tavernier was to sign, it was all sorted instantly. Tavernier had committed his future to Ibrox after several failed bids from West Brom.
Panic over then, right?
The impending January saga
Not quite. Discussion has now quickly switched to January, with the likes of Brighton now interested in him. Burnley, potentially under the guidance of Warburton and Sean Dyche, are also in the discussion.
Gerrard has even moved to say that he won’t be going for anything other than “a load of money”. Tavernier would only ever leave Ibrox on Rangers’ terms, and the club have consistently made that clear.
Still, however, some can’t seem to wait for him to be sold. If it’s not Tavernier, it’s Alfredo Morelos. He’ll likely be another for whom the transfer speculation starts to get cranked up.
January is nearly two months away, but Rangers will be going into that a lot more confident than they’ve ever been. Gerrard will look to come out a lot stronger than he goes in, and selling Tavernier will be a no-go.
Sure, an eight-figure offer may very well change things, but it’s all in Rangers’ hands. The speculation will continue to rumble on, but fans can be safe in the knowledge that Rangers hold all the cards in any transfer dealings.