They say that money talks, and nowhere is this perhaps truer than in the world of football.

So when stories appear of Premier League interest in Rangers captain James Tavernier, you can be forgiven for initially fearing the worst.

But as reports emerge of Rangers lining up Argentinian Lanus right-back Leonel Di Placido as the club captain’s “replacement” the whole thing feels pretty short-lived.

For now at least.

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Rangers are reportedly lining up di Placedo as a replacement should Tav leave in January. (Photo by Gabriel Rossi/Getty Images)

The talkSPORT report which first made the claims also suggested James Tavernier is a wanted man, with Londoners Crystal Palace propping up the list of suitors.

And why wouldn’t they be? They have the cash to burn and are subsequently in need of a right-back after the sale Aaron Wan Bissaka to Man Utd for £50m.

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Captain Tav is also on inspired form and continues to generate attacks, goals and assists for the Rangers side. He’s pivotal to Gerrard’s team.

It can all begin to sound pretty ominous when you add up the finer details.

 

But talk of Tav leaving – this season at least – hits a snag when you consider how close we are to a title and how much the former Newcastle and Wigan full-back has had to sacrifice to help get us there.

Tavernier’s been on the receiving end of Old Firm scoldings, been routinely berated and undervalued by our press and watched as Celtic have marched to the last nine domestic trophies.

You get the feeling he’d seriously regret it if he left Ibrox when the club was so close to finally ending their reign.

James Tavernier isn’t just the side’s leader – but he consistently delivers (quite literally) when called upon. He already has five assists this season – averaging one per game. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

True, there’s a long way to go. But if reports are talking about James Tavernier leaving in January for me a lot of that could depend on just how realistic 55 is by then.

And also by how much these reported “suitors” are willing to pay for him.

Money talks, but for Rangers, they won’t be listening to anyone whispering bids of under £15m.

 

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