Rangers have done a great job of building a side with a strong spine and a lot of heart at Ibrox in recent years. 

For the first time in a long time, the Gers look like genuine title contenders under Steven Gerrard, and that largely stems from a core group of players who have elevated the squad and instilled a greater sense of self-belief.

And nobody has done that more than captain James Tavernier.

rangersThe skipper has been exemplary for the Gers both on the pitch and as a role model, and his presence has been a significant factor in helping to turn around the fortunes of the Bears.

So it’s perhaps unsurprising to hear that he is attracting attention from elsewhere as we head into the January transfer window.

According to a report from The Scottish Sun, Newcastle United have been scouting the 28-year-old.

No bid has been posted as of yet, but it is understood that Gerrard would be unwilling to sell given their current quest to end Celtic’s title dominance even if one were.

That being said, the article states that a big money offer from the Toon Army could tempt the board into reconsidering Tavernier’s status at the club, despite him being under contract until 2022.

Tavernier previously came through the ranks of the Magpies’ youth academy.

Let’s be honest though, in the opinion of the fans, getting rid of Tav right now would be beyond foolish.

The right-back isn’t just a huge presence on the pitch, he’s a real goal threat too, with 12 assists and three strikes already this term, as per Transfermarkt.

Taking that kind of influence out of a side in the middle of a season is never a good idea, and unless a suitable replacement could be found straight away, it would surely be a seriously big blow to the Gers’ title bid.

In other news, Barry Ferguson claims ‘no-brainer’ caused ‘bit of a problem’ for Rangers last term.

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