Rangers supporters have been in fine voice in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side emphatically book their place in the last eight of the Scottish Cup courtesy of a 6-1 thrashing of Ayr United on Sunday.
Graeme Murty’s men went into their clash with the Scottish League One club off the back of beating Highland League outfit Fraserburgh in the preceding round, which began their quest for a 34th Scottish Cup crown. Yet they fell behind to Ian McCall’s Ayr on Sunday thanks to Alan Forrest’s first half strike, only for the Gers to hit back with vengeance as braces from Alfredo Morelos and Josh Windass as well as strikes from Jason Cummings and Jamie Murphy secured a 6-1 success for Murty’s side, earning them a quarter final clash with Falkirk next month.
Subsequently, there have been many thrilled Rangers fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are daring to dream that their team can end a nine-year wait for the Scottish Cup by going on to win it this season.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Light Blues fans to discuss, not least recent reports suggesting that James Tavernier is on the verge of signing a new contract with the Scottish giants.
And were the Gers indeed able to clinch an agreement with the influential ace, it could turn out to be their best piece of business in many a year.
Ultimately, the 26-year-old has been an absolute revelation since his move north of the border back in 2015, with the Englishman scoring 23 goals and laying on 38 assists in just 126 games for the club, equating to a direct contribution every 184 minutes.
And these numbers are even more remarkable given that Tavernier is a right back, which puts into context the incredible influence he has had on this Rangers team in the last few years, not least this term with five goals and seven assists in just 26 Scottish Premiership appearances.
As such, were one to take Tavernier’s contributions out of the team, regardless of whether the likes of Morelos and Windass remain in it, Murty’s men are immediately a much weaker side.
And if they want to start challenging Celtic again, they simply cannot afford to let their best players go. Tavernier is undoubtedly one of those.
The Gers finished 39 points behind Brendan Rodgers’ Bhoys last season and find themselves 11 points adrift this term – who knows how much bigger that gap would be were Tavernier to have made the move south of the border back in January amid interest from Sunderland and Reading.
So tying him down to a new and improved deal gives Rangers some financial stability, meaning that they would at least get a good price were they to sell to 26-year-old in the coming transfer windows.
More importantly though, it would also be a huge statement of intent that they are indeed on the road to bridging that hefty gap to their Old Firm rivals.
Thus, securing Tavernier’s services for the long-term may well be the best piece of business the Gers have conducted in many a year.
Rangers fans… what do you think? Let us know!