“Rangers captain James Tavernier” are words which many fans wouldn’t have expected to hear when he joined the club over 4 years ago. Yet, here we are – and he’s earned it.
Loyal leader. Immense crosser. Questionable defender. All traits which have been attached to Rangers marauding full back over the years. He’s not the complete player, but it is without question Rangers would’ve been a weaker team in recent seasons without him.
It is without question they would be a weaker team if he moves now with West Brom interested.
He knows precisely what it means to play for us, and for that he’s precious.
Gerrard made Tavernier captain for a reason. He works hard. He’s a character. He’s likable. The player’s respond to him, and he responds to them. More than anything though, he has shown an immense amount of loyalty and has grown as both a player and man since coming to Rangers.
Tav has been the victim of playing in weaker teams in recent seasons and this has scrutinised his faults.
It is however important to understand that these faults exist because Rangers have tried to exploit his strengths.
In 145 appearances, the Gers captain has scored 28 goals and assisted a further 41. He’s a vibrant, positive attacking threat and one of the key parts of our squad on and off the field. This is something which Jon Flanagan can’t offer, but he can offer cover.
Cover as a player behind Tav on the right-hand side.
It’s also such an important time at Rangers and selling a player with such key influence on and off the field could disrupt a very positive atmosphere.
Make no doubt about it. He is not a £3mn player, he’s worth more than double that.
But such is his worth to Rangers, it’d take a pretty remarkable number to justify selling him.
His value to us, right now at least, is priceless.