Leonel Di Placido has revealed he does not know anything about the rumoured interest from Rangers.
The Lanus right-back had been linked by The Scottish Sun as a possible replacement for James Tavernier, however Steven Gerrard has since rubbished the speculation and appeared to put the talk of a possible move to bed (The Scotsman).
Indeed, it seems as though the 25-year-old has no idea where the rumours linking him with a switch to Ibrox have come from either, stating that he ‘knows nothing’ about them (Fox Sports Argentina via Fortaleza Granate on Twitter).
Tavernier has been attracting plenty of interest this summer with the likes of Newcastle United having been believed to be keen on him at one point – although Steve Bruce did state he had no interest in taking the 27-year-old to St. James’ Park (Newcastle Chronicle).
It was hardly a surprise to see him be on the radar of some of England’s top clubs though as the full-back was nothing but exceptional for Rangers last season and has continued to be in top form for Gerrard’s side in the early stages of the current campaign.
The current Gers skipper managed to provide the Ibrox outfit with an outstanding 17 goals and 20 assists in his 57 appearances for the club last season (Transfermarkt), as Rangers never lost when he found the back of the net, although the majority of those efforts were from the penalty spot.
This season, Tavernier already has five assists to his name in seven appearances across all competitions and has only seen his side concede just five goals in those fixtures so far (Transfermarkt).
Di Placido might be a talented right-back, as Soccer Souls suggest that the Argentine has all the traits and ability to make a name for himself in European football, however he does not have the goalscoring threat that Rangers’ current star has in his locker.
The 25-year-old does not appear to be as attack-minded as Tavernier is as he has just three goals and seven assists to his name after just 87 appearances (Transfermarkt). Losing their current ace would be a big blow and, on paper, the South American does not look as though he could be the man to help fill the void should he depart.
With both Gerrard and Di Placido both appearing to shut down any rumoured interest that Rangers may potentially have, a move appears to be a non-starter and, perhaps, one that was just thrown out there to fill column inches during the transfer window.
Tavernier looks likely to be at the club until January at the very least now as England’s transfer window has slammed firmly shut (although club’s in Europe still have time), however the Light Blues also have a couple of options that could replace the full-back and do not necessarily need to look at finding someone else.
Both Matt Polster and Jon Flanagan can operate in the same role as the South American, so it may not make too much sense in trying to bring a new man in any way, especially if their current skipper does remain at Ibrox.
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