Even before it hit January, there was plenty of transfer talk at Ibrox. For players going both ways.
Rangers were always going to move in the window. And certain players were always going to attract interest.
Two players in particular have been the subject of rumour and transfer discussion in the run up to the window. James Tavernier and Alfredo Morelos have been superb for Rangers this season, particularly up the business end of the pitch.
Tav and Morelos vital to this side
Between them, the duo have racked up 29 goals 24 assists. Despite one being a right back and the other a centre forward, they are a superb team and link up very well. Good players always do.
Any worry over the Morelos situation was heightened by his agent sending out a suspicious tweet yesterday before deleting it. But any rumours and talk remain just that, rumours and talk. He looked happy enough in training as he joined up with the team in Tenerife.
Mark Allen also reiterated the club’s desire to keep him in an interview with Talksport in the week.
Journalist Bill Young then claimed Tavernier is to be the subject of an imminent £7m bid from an unnamed club.
But even if money comes in – unless it’s silly money and would really benefit the club – would these players want to leave at this pivotal point in the season? Rangers are a club on the up; there’s huge excitement around the place at the moment; and anyone at Ibrox has a genuine chance of making history this year.
Morelos is only 22, Tavernier 27. They’re vital to this team right now. They still have plenty of time to play elsewhere, even if that’s in six months time.
But if either leaves Ibrox in this window, it might end up being one of the biggest regrets of their career later.