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Rangers fans are so right: Gerrard simply must retain James Tavernier at all costs

Rangers fans are so right: Gerrard simply must retain James Tavernier at all costs

Rangers supporters have been making a lot of noise in recent times after seeing their side return to winning ways in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday.

Steven Gerrard’s men went into their encounter with table-toppers Hearts having lost their previous league match at Livingston the week before, although victory over Rapid Vienna in the Europa League on Thursday night gave them much confidence for the visit of Craig Levein’s pace-setters. And the Light Blues produced a fine display to sweep the Edinburgh-based outfit aside, with goals from Ryan Kent, Alfredo Morelos, and Scott Arfield inspiring the Gers to a 3-1 win at Ibrox.

As such, there have been many thrilled Rangers fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom have been taking to Twitter in recent times to heap praise on defender James Tavernier, with many hoping that their side keep hold of highly-rated Englishman amid reported interest from Premier League outfit Brighton & Hove Albion.

And given just how integral and influential the £765,000-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) has been to the Scottish giants in recent times, manager Gerrard has to retain the 26-year-old at all costs if he is to build something special at Ibrox.

Ultimately, Tavernier made the move north of the border back in 2015 after a short stint at Wigan Athletic having previously made his senior bow at North East giants Newcastle United, yet he has since, somewhat surprisingly, gone on to be an absolute revelation at Ibrox.

The defender has scored 32 goals and laid on 47 assists in just 159 appearances for the Light Blues during his time in Scotland, nine goals and nine assists of which coming last term in their run to third place in the Scottish Premiership, and indeed the last four of the Scottish Cup.

And with six goals and eight assists already this term for Gerrard’s side, the Englishman continues to produce the goods – those numbers would be welcomed by any attacker in the division, let alone someone who has played 149 of his 159 games for Rangers at right back.

Thus, it’s pretty clear that the Gers have a very special talent in their ranks in the form of 26-year-old Tavernier, and given the rebuilding job Gerrard is undertaking at Ibrox at present, they simply cannot be in the business of selling their best players.

The Liverpool legend has certainly brought some excitement back to the club after many years of frustration, and while it may take some time to reach the summit of Scottish football once again, these early steps are significant in laying the foundations for the future – selling Tavernier is thus unthinkable.

As such, those Rangers fans calling for the 26-year-old to stay at the club are absolutely right, with manager Gerrard needing to retain the right back at all costs come the January window.

Rangers fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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