James Tavernier’s future is likely going to be one of the talking points of January, but Rangers have worked hard to make sure it isn’t.
The Ibrox club have, in truth, done all they can to keep the Tavernier rumours silent ahead of January. The right-back has signed two new contracts this year – a move that shows the club’s commitment as well as the player’s to their association.
The club, however, are likely prepping for more interest in their captain in the Winter break. Rangers, of course, had to reject several West Bromwich Albion bids for him in the summer. Added to that, the likes of Brighton were also interested.
Tavernier has played in every minute of Rangers’ season so far, with a huge December month to come. An impressive series of performances there, and the vultures will surround Ibrox once more.
There’s no denying that Rangers see the Englishman as a seven-figure player. The club are likely not to accept anything less, despite the fact Rangers announced an over £14million loss earlier this month.
Neither can do any more
In terms of signals to other clubs, however, both Rangers and Tavernier can’t do any more. Speculation will always be there, and the media are always looking to drum up interest for good stories. If there’s even a small scent of a bid from somewhere, it’ll likely be picked up quickly.
Of course, Rangers won’t simply be just saying no when clubs come calling for their star-man. Steven Gerrard has already stated that the club’s players are all for sale. The only difference, however, is the fact that their players will no longer be getting sold on the cheap.
Considering the fact Tavernier has been a consistently solid performer for three and a half years now in Glasgow, he’s an invaluable asset to the club. Both he and the club’s commitment to each other will give the fans real peace of mind that it’s Rangers who hold all the cards in any potential deal.
Stories have already circulated over the last month that Brighton could renew their interest. This came after Rangers had wrapped up two new contracts with Tavernier.
Expect plenty more of that as we head closer to January. Rangers, however, are in as strong a position as possible.