Pundit and former Rangers striker Kris Boyd, has spoken to Sky Sports’ Transfer Talk about the importance of James Tavernier.
The Daily Mail recently reported that the Rangers captain was a target for various English clubs, with Aston Villa, Brighton, and West Brom all said to be interested.
However, the 27-year-old is under contract at Ibrox until 2022 [Scottish Sun]. Therefore, unless a massive bid comes in, the club is under no real pressure to sell.
Boyd believes he’s a vital cog in Gerrard’s side who would be extremely hard to replace.
“His record from the penalty spot was unbelievable last season,” he told Sky Sports’ Transfer Talk. “He brings so much more to the Rangers team going forward. He’s their outlet – he creates so many opportunities.”
“We’re all caught up in this modern-day full-back. When you see his stats from last year in terms of crosses and opportunities created, his goals – I know a lot of them came from the penalty spot but you still need someone to stand up there and take them.”
In the main, Tavernier has been deadly from the spot since being entrusted with the responsibility.
However, there’s much more to his game than scoring from 12 yards. His defending improved considerably last season, while he registered more assists in the league than Ryan Kent and Daniel Candeias combined.
He pushes the team forward down the right flank and doesn’t hide when the going gets tough. He missed just three of Rangers’ 60 fixtures in all competitions and if he goes he would leave a massive void.