talkSPORT report that Rangers have identified a possible replacement for skipper, James Tavernier.

The outlet claims he’s likely to leave Ibrox in January, with Crystal Palace one of several clubs interested in the influential right-back.

Tavernier has made a strong start to the 2019/20 season. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Rangers target Argentinian defender

It’s suggested that should that move happen, Steven Gerrard will turn to Leonel Di Placido as a replacement.

Di Placido, who currently plays for Club Atletico Lanus in the Argentinian Primera Division, is rated at £2.70m by Transfermarkt. However, the report suggests he’ll soon be available for a cut-price £1 million and that the Gers would be keen on an initial loan deal with an option to buy.

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Bringing the 25-year-old to Ibrox wouldn’t be straightforward, though. It’s suggested that multiple top-flight European clubs including Espanyol, Leganes and Amiens are also keen on his signature.

Di Placido slides into a challenge during a 2018 Copa Sudamericana clash. (Photo by LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images)

Verdict

The English window only closed a matter of days ago, yet a report has already arrived suggesting Tavernier will be picked up by a Premier League club in January.

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You’ve got to think this is all very hypothetical. Should Rangers still be in a title race and European competition come January, it’s hard to believe that Tav would leave Ibrox. Steven Gerrard would certainly be extremely keen to hold onto his captain.

As for Di Placido, this is a slightly left-field suggestion in terms of a replacement. So far, he’s only plied his trade in his native Argentina. He started his professional career with All Boys and enjoyed a loan stint at Atletico Tucuman, before moving to Lanus in 2017.

Di Placido in action for Atletico Tucuman during his 2017 loan stint. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

He made 24 league appearances last season, scoring once and registering two assists. That’s a long way from the numbers Tav managed for the Gers.

Di Placido must be doing something right, though. Argentina national team coach, Lionel Scaloni, called him up for a pair of friendlies in September, although he remained on the bench for both games.

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