Former Rangers midfielder Andy Halliday believes that the Gers could be in a battle to keep hold of captain James Tavernier this summer.

The right-back has been outstanding this season with 14 goals and seven assists in all competitions so far.

He has also been part of Rangers’ excellent defensive record, with just three goals conceded in the Scottish Premiership so far this season.


Asked about Tavernier’s exceptional form so far this term, Halliday said that a big-money offer could turn the 29-year-old’s head.

“Take away his penalties, he has still scored six goals,” he told Open Goal.

“How can a team not be watching that? Everyone has their price, I think he would wait until the summer.

“But if a team sits down and offers double, triple your money – some people are going to get their head turned.”


Tavernier’s form has been a huge part of the Gers’ excellent start to the season and his output has been frankly ridiculous for a right-back.

Despite having just turned 29, he will surely be attracting some suitors and Rangers will have to be prepared for his potential departure.

As club captain, it is highly unlikely he will leave the club during the season as they chase their first Scottish Premiership title since 2011, but come the summer the option could appear more appealing.

Given how he is playing at the moment, the idea of letting him leave seems ludicrous, but if he leads the club to a title and a sizeable bid comes in, it could be seen as the right time to let him go.

Of course, his own preference will come into this and if he wants to stay, it would stupid to entertain bids. However, if he did want to leave in the summer and the money was there, it is a conversation Ross Wilson and Steven Gerrard should not shy away from.

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