We all know what you’re thinking, Rangers fans. No one wants to see James Tavernier leave Ibrox this summer, or any summer for that matter. However, the 27-year-old has been too good not to turn heads this season, and as Football Insider links him with an Aston Villa switch, a recently released Villa man could be a fitting Tavernier replacement.
It’s not the rumour you want to see ahead of a busy summer, we know that, but if Tavernier makes the move to trade in the captain’s armband at Ibrox for a shot in the Premier League south of the border, Alan Hutton could be the man to replace him. The 34-year-old was released by Aston Villa after their promotion was confirmed, and with a few years left in him why shouldn’t Ibrox be next?
The chances are that if Hutton did make the switch, as Andrew Dickson has claimed Rangers should try and make happen if they lose Tavernier, then he wouldn’t bring the same amount of goals. The 2018/19 campaign was one in which Rangers’ skipper could not stop scoring. His 57 games brought 37 combined goals and assists, and whilst Hutton can’t bring those numbers, he certainly has a wonder-goal in his locker.
For proof of that, all you need to do is have a look back to his strike in the second city derby against Birmingham back in November. ‘The Scottish Cafu’, as he’s affectionately known in Birmingham, bagged the best goal of his career in that game, and if Steven Gerrard brings him in he can be just as good defensively as Tavernier whilst still offering a bit of bite going forward too.
Rangers fans, do you think Hutton would make a good Tavernier replacement? Let us know and comment below!