According to RockSport broadcaster Bill Young, Rangers captain James Tavernier is set to be the subject of £7m interest from an unknown English club.
Just been told to expect a bid for Tavernier from down south of around £7mil. I hadn't heard anything on that front but source is good.
— Bill Young (@BillRockSport) January 8, 2019
Given the 27-year-old’s high profile performance in the victory over Celtic last weekend, it’s not really a massive surprise to here of interest in his homeland and many would consider that kind of fee tempting when it comes to selling the right-back.
Tavernier has offered plenty to the Rangers cause over the last few seasons and this term has been a key attacking threat from the penalty spot and from open play, scoring an impressive 9 goals and creating 14 assists prior to the winter break.
However, there are still serious question marks about his ability to defend the right flank, even at Scottish Premiership level, making the prospect of cashing in on him fairly appealing.
He signed for the club for a reported £200,000 and if we are to progress as a club over the next few years then realising massive profit on incoming stars must play a massive part of our strategy.
There is one hold up when it comes to this particular deal though and that’s timing.
Selling the captain in the January transfer window would be a massive mistake considering his current influence in the dressing room and his status in Steven Gerrard’s first-team.
Replacing him this month would not be easy and considering we are in a genuine race for major hours in the second half of the season, we cannot be weakened in any way.
Hopefully any interest in the player holds until the end of the season, when we can sell him with confidence and reinvest some of his fee back into the position he frees up.