Rangers supporters have been making a lot of noise in the Transfer Tavern in recent times after seeing their side ease past Maribor 3-1 in the first leg of their third qualifying round for the Europa League on Thursday.
Steven Gerrard’s men have already come through two testing rounds to earn their spot against the Slovenian champions, and will take a commanding advantage into the second leg next week after a fine performance at Ibrox. Goals from Alfredo Morelos, James Tavernier, and Lassana Coulibaly sealed a routine victory for the Light Blues, thus leaving them in a strong position to qualify for the play-off round of Europe’s secondary competition.
As such, there are many delighted Gers fans at present, several of whom are likely to be even more thrilled that their side have retained the services of Tavernier beyond the English deadline, despite reported interest from Championship side West Brom.
And, despite all the shrewd business Gerrard has completed since taking over at Ibrox, retaining the £765,000-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) has now won Rangers the transfer window.
Ultimately, the 27-year-old full back has been in outstanding form for the Light Blues ever since making the move north of the border back in 2015, with the Englishman netting a staggering 29 goals and laying on 41 assists in 146 appearances for the Scottish heavyweights.
That equates to a direct contribution every 216 minutes which, for a right back, is simply extraordinary – those numbers alone underline just how integral it was that Gerrard kept hold of the 27-year-old this summer.
As does the magnificent start Tavernier has made to the new season, what with the right back netting twice in five Europa League qualifying games to help Rangers to the cusps of the play-off round, as well as netting in the 1-1 draw with Aberdeen on the first day of the Scottish Premiership season – his influence is second-to-none.
And, especially given Rangers lost Josh Windass to Wigan Athletic in the last knockings of the transfer window, it was imperative that Gerrard retained some of his most prized assets beyond the English deadline.
It’s all well and good bringing in several shrewd additions, as the Liverpool legend has done in Allan McGregor, Jon Flanagan, and Ryan Kent, to name but a few, but it’s just as important that the best players already at Ibrox remained – that’s the only way they can think about seriously challenging Celtic.
And having produced the goods throughout his time at Ibrox, alongside his majestic start to the campaign, there is no doubt that Tavernier falls into that category – if Rangers hadn’t already won the transfer window, keeping hold of the 27-year-old beyond the English deadline certainly has won them it now.
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