Rangers appear to have been given a major transfer boost this summer as one club seem to have ruled themselves out of signing James Tavernier.
Newcastle United had been linked with a move for the right-back and Steve Bruce is thought to have had him as a top priority ahead of the imminent transfer deadline (The Daily Mail).
However, it appears the new Magpies boss has ruled out a move for the Rangers skipper this summer as he admitted he did not know where the rumour had originated from.
“I really don’t know where that came from and I hate it when people talk about my players so I’m not going to comment on anybody else’s,” Bruce said, as quoted by the Chronicle.
Tavernier has been an integral member of Steven Gerrard’s side over the last 12 months and it would have been a big blow to the Light Blues if they were to lose him this summer.
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.
The 27-year-old has started this season in excellent form as well as he has already contributed three assists in his two Europa League Qualifying appearances.
As BBC Sport noted, he finished the campaign with the second-most goals in the entire side and those figures are all the more outstanding when you consider that he operates as a right-back, with Scott Arfield and Alfredo Morelos the only others to reach double figures.
Tavernier is highly regarded by Gerrard and his management team at Ibrox as well, as he recently revealed that he had been involved in helping the club set up some fresh strict rules for the current crop of stars ahead of the upcoming campaign (Daily Express).
Whether Bruce’s denial of interest in Tavernier is genuine remains to be seen, but if it is, then it could be a massive transfer boost for Rangers ahead of the upcoming campaign.
Losing a player of the 27-year-old’s ability could be disastrous in the Light Blues’ attempts to challenge Old Firm rivals Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title this season.
With just a few days of the window left in England, Rangers could be in an excellent position to keep one of their best players at Ibrox for another few months at least.
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