Rangers supporters have been pretty frustrated in the Transfer Tavern in the last couple of days after seeing their side fail to overthrow Aberdeen in the race to finish second in the Scottish Premiership.
The Gers needed to better the Dons’ result on Sunday to leapfrog Derek McInnes’ men in the division, but could only muster a quite sensational 5-5 draw away at Hibernian on the final day, this all after being 3-0 down midway through the first half. Ultimately, Aberdeen’s 1-0 success at Celtic meant even a win wouldn’t have been enough for the Light Blues, who thus finished third in the table, three points behind the Dons and three points clear of Hibs in fourth.
And while there have been many disappointed Rangers fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are turning their attentions towards the summer, and what business their team may seek to conduct in a bid to bridge the gap to Celtic next season.
Yet one man who could be on his way out of Ibrox is right back James Tavernier, as recent reports have linked him with a £3.5 million move to Premier League outfit Crystal Palace.
And while the money would likely be well received by the Gers hierarchy, new manager Steven Gerrard’s job would be made a whole lot harder were they to indeed sanction the 26-year-old’s departure this summer.
Ultimately, the Englishman has proven himself to be one the most influential and integral players in the Rangers squad since his move north of the border back in 2015, having scored a mightily impressive 26 goals and laid on 39 assists in 140 matches for the Gers.
Thus, as attacking full backs go, Tavernier is very much up there, with nine goals and nine assists this season figures more attack-minded players would be proud of, let alone a right back.
And with several key contributions over the course of the campaign, alongside his role as captain in ten of their last 11 Scottish Premiership matches, it’s pretty clear that the 26-year-old is an important first team member at Ibrox, and as such one Gerrard will surely not want to lose.
Much of the talk since the Liverpool legend was appointed as the club’s new manager earlier this month has been regarding what additions he could look to make this summer, but it’s just as important that they retain their prized assets as well – Tavernier is one of those.
Clearly, it’s going to be a tricky job for Gerrard anyway at Ibrox in his bid to bridge the gap to Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic, what with the Bhoys winning their last two meetings 9-0 on aggregate – the task would be made infinitely more difficult were they to sell one of their best players in £675,000-rated Tavernier (as per Transfermarkt) this summer.
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