Rangers right-back James Tavernier has been nothing short of outstanding this season, leading his side to the top of the Scottish Premiership and Europa League knockout round qualification.

The 29-year-old has scored 16 goals and provided 11 assists in all competitions this season, starting every match (via WhoScored).

Not only has his play and consistency been excellent, but he seems to be growing into his leadership role week after week and providing inspiration for his teammates on the pitch.

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However, these sorts of performances are being noted elsewhere. According to the Daily Mail, West Ham, Crystal Palace, Tottenham, Newcastle and Everton have all been credited with an interest in Tavernier in the past and while no public bids have emerged, come the summer the Gers could face a tough ask to keep hold of him.

While it would be a huge surprise to see Tavernier leave the club in January, it would be tough to blame him for seeking a new challenge after potentially leading Rangers to a first Scottish Premiership title since 2011. The club need to be operating with this in mind certainly and given the dearth of options behind Tavernier in the right-back position, they will be caught out if they are not envisioning this as a possible situation.

Nathan Patterson is the only other right-back option in the squad at this point and he has played just four minutes for the first team so far this season (via WhoScored). On the left flank, Steven Gerrard has been able to give Borna Barisic rest because of the presence of Calvin Bassey, but Tavernier has been forced to play every game.

With the bust festive period approaching, perhaps Patterson will get more opportunities to shine and prove himself as a potential future option. However, if he continues to find himself out of the picture, the club need to put at least some thought into the possibility of life without their captain.

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