By Jason Jones

15th Mar, 2020 | 1:10pm

Mark Warburton backs Rangers to make 'handsome profit' on 'tremendous' Ibrox talent

Former Rangers boss Mark Warburton had backed the club to make a “handsome profit” on captain James Tavernier should they decide to sell him.

Football Insider reported last week that the Gers are willing to slash their asking price for the full-back in an effort to facilitate a summer exit from Ibrox.

But while Warburton believes that he remains as committed as ever to the cause in Glasgow, he has also suggested that his old club could make a decent amount of money if they do offload the skipper.

Speaking to the Scottish Sun, he said: “James loves Rangers and he loves Glasgow. I’m very sorry to hear he’s going through a tough time at the moment.

“James is a robust athlete who is nearly always available. His passion for the club is clear to see. If he has been misquoted or tucked up by the PR department, then the club should deal with that. But James’ passion for Rangers has never, ever wavered.

“Tav was a tremendous player for me, fantastic value for the modest sum we paid for him.

“Even though he’s currently going through a hard time, I’m still convinced Rangers would make a handsome profit on him.”

Should Rangers sell Tavernier?

That’s a big, big question, and one that is likely to divide opinion amongst the Ibrox faithful.

On the one hand, you could certainly argue that Tavernier hasn’t been at his best this season.

Compared to last term, as per Wyscout, his pass completion rate has fallen by 1.8%, his long pass accuracy has fallen by 9.5%, and his cross accuracy has fallen by a massive 13.2%.

He is also making fewer successful dribbles and fewer interceptions.

On the other hand, you have to ask yourself whether one poor season is enough to sell a club captain?

A lot of supporters would be inclined to say no, and given Steven Gerrard’s continued faith in the player, it’s hard to imagine him being ousted anytime soon.

In other Rangers news, Report – Gers ‘quietly confident’ of completing deal for English striker.