Alan Hutton believes Glasgow Rangers captain James Tavernier may have sacrificed his last chance of moving to the Premier League after signing a new contract at Ibrox.
Hutton discusses Tavernier
29-year-old Tavernier signed a new contract at Rangers over the past few days that will keep him at the club until 2024 (rangers.co.uk), when he will be 32.
Speaking to Football Insider, Hutton believes this decision has all but ended his chances of moving south of the border to the English top flight. He said:
“At 29, if you’re looking to go down south, I think this is, this would be the only opportunity.
“When you start going into your 30s, it’s very unlikely that it’s going to happen.
“He’s played that well this season that I’m pretty sure there’ll have been Premier League admirers out there watching.
“If anybody is willing to pay for him, what would the price be?
“For Rangers, it’d have to be a high value because he’s one of the top performers. He’s the captain, one of the best players.
“If Rangers don’t see the fee as suitable, then there’s no reason for them to accept it. He seems like he’s happy to stay and play for Rangers so that’s the most important thing.”
Of course, a move to England would lead to a higher weekly wage and perhaps more competition than he would have at Rangers. However, £7.2m-valued Tavernier (Transfermarkt) has now spent six years at Ibrox, helping them climb back to the top flight and leading them to their first major trophy in a decade. What he may have sacrificed in money will continue to be repaid in adulation.
Will Tavernier end his career at Rangers?
By committing his future to the 55-time Scottish champions, he has given himself the chance to become a bona fide club legend. Champions League football, as well, could be a reward for his decision. Quite frankly, this appears to be the right call.
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