Rangers have enjoyed a fantastic summer transfer window so far with 11 new signings to report and the arrival of Steven Gerrard generating plenty of hype at Ibrox, but the end of the English transfer window could bring about some unwanted interest in one of their star players.
According to a recent report from the Daily Express, Brighton & Hove Albion are interested in signing James Tavernier before Thursday’s 5PM deadline. The same report claims that the Seagulls have been tracking Tavernier for months, which is hardly surprising given the quality of his performances in the SPFL during his time with the Gers.
After all the progress Rangers have made in the transfer market this summer you would expect Tavernier to be inclined to remain at the club, but the lure of Premier League football and a lucrative pay rise could well turn his head.
The 27-year-old full-back has been a mainstay on the right-side of Rangers’ defence since he joined the club from Wigan in 2015, and his ability to supplement his excellent defensive work with marauding runs forward has given the club a decisive attacking threat on the overlap.
The ability to bomb forward and provide an attacking outlet is one of the most desirable traits in a modern full-back and Tavernier possesses that ability in abundance.
From 145 appearances in a Rangers shirt Tavernier has providing a staggering 28 goals and 41 assists from just 145 appearances for the club – a simply outstanding return for a defender.
His development now sees him donning the captain’s armband, so Rangers would not only be losing a tremendous player but also a strong leader who would be near-impossible to replace.
With less than 24 hours to go before the English deadline passes it seems unlikely that Tavernier will suddenly decide to depart the club, and everybody involved with the club will certainly be hoping that he remains loyal by snubbing a transfer which would certainly tarnish their chances of catching Celtic this season.
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