Rangers supporters have been significantly more upbeat in the Transfer Tavern in the last few hours after seeing their side get back to winning ways with a 2-0 success over Motherwell at Ibrox on Wednesday night, a result which kept them third in the Scottish Premiership table.
Graeme Murty’s men went into their clash with the Scottish League Cup runners-up off the back of successive defeats at the hands of St Johnstone and Kilmarnock, results which saw them fall 14 points behind leaders Celtic ahead of Wednesday’s encounter. However, the Gers reduced their arrears to 11 points as second half goals from Danny Wilson and Alfredo Morales secured the victory for the Scottish giants, setting them up perfectly for the Old Firm derby at Ibrox on Saturday.
Subsequently, there have been many delighted Rangers fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by a recent report from The Daily Mail, which suggests that a January departure could be in the offing, as defender James Tavernier has attracted the interest of Championship duo Reading and Sunderland.
The 26-year-old made the move north of the border back in 2015 and has since gone on to play 120 games for the Scottish giants, netting 21 goals and laying on 36 assists in the process.
However, the right-back is reportedly ‘open’ to a return to England in the future, and reports suggest that Jaap Stam’s Reading and Chris Coleman’s Sunderland are interested in landing the Englishman in January, with Rangers reportedly ready to ‘listen to offers’ for the 26-year-old.
Thus, it looks likely that Tavernier will be playing his football away from Ibrox come the end of January.
Landlord’s verdict: James Tavernier is a hugely prolific full-back, with 21 goals and 36 assists in just 120 games for Rangers incredible figures for someone who usually plays at right-back.
As such, the 26-year-old has reportedly attracted the interest of Reading and Sunderland, and the Gers ‘will listen to offers’ for the Englishman next month in a bid to raise much-needed funds.
But with Tavernier having started all but one of their Scottish Premiership matches this term, this is sure to come as a blow to manager Graeme Murty, who faces the very real prospect of losing the right-back in next month’s transfer window.
Rangers fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!
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