James Tavernier is set to be the subject of multi-million pound transfer interest – at least according to normally reliable journalist Bill Young of Rocksport.
The radio DJ tweeted the news this afternoon. He says a good source of his down south believes a mystery club are preparing a £7m offer.
Just been told to expect a bid for Tavernier from down south of around £7mil. I hadn't heard anything on that front but source is good.
— Bill Young (@BillTheMAX) January 8, 2019
Rangers mercurial captain is a real force on the right-hand side and a vital part of how Rangers play. He is also one of the club’s top players and Rangers will struggle to replace him if he goes.
Jon Flanagan might be a sturdy option, and desperate for a shot at right back, but Tavernier is classy, direct and lethal. He’s been almost ever-present this year, playing 37 times and missing only one match. That was a routine victory over Championship side Ayr United in the league cup.
James Tavernier vital to the balance of this Rangers side
Tav has nine goals and 14 assists this season. The marauding right back and Rangers captain is one of the most important attacking outlets at Ibrox. He also showed his defensive class against Celtic last month.
Such is his value to the side Rangers fans are demanding the club hold out for more cash if he is to go. It seems a fee of £7m will not be enough to appease the Rangers faithful. Some want at least twice that amount.
Wouldn’t accept that. His form has been inconsistent this season but his assists and goals have been vital plus he’s our captain. With the money that gets thrown about down south, £7m in today’s market is underwhelming given Tavernier’s talent.
— AR #55 (@G1NG355) January 8, 2019
I doubt SG will want to part with Tavernier and I strongly suspect the player won't want to move given where the mood music is following the last win of 2018. If Tavernier goes, surely it will be in the summer and for potentially more than 7M.
— Gordon Watson (@Gordon_Watson) January 8, 2019
Would keep him would be hard to replace just now maybe next season if a bid of around 12 to 15 came in for him would be happy way that let’s not sell on the cheap anymore
— Mikey Van Ramsey (@Mikey1872786) January 8, 2019
I'd wait for over ten for our captain ! not at this stage of the season. Its a no from me.
— Junior (@Junto_8) January 8, 2019
Pfft. Double it
— Andy Scott (@Andyscott01) January 8, 2019
The Yorkshireman, 27, signed for Rangers back in 2015 and is now in his fourth season with the club. He has developed massively since he’s been at Ibrox and is one of the club’s biggest assets.
James Tavernier has made over 177 appearances for the Gers, scoring close to 35 goals and generating 53 assists from right back.
Rangers would be made considerably weaker by his departure.