Michael Ball has insisted that Rangers captain James Tavernier could easily catch the eye if given the chance in the English Premier League.

The Bears defender has been in phenomenal form this season, scoring 10 goals and delivering seven assists in his 16 outings.

Ball has claimed that Tavernier is the “heartbeat” of the club and shouldn’t want to leave Ibrox, as he will be determined to pick up silverware in Glasgow.


Speaking to the Daily Record, Ball has compared the ability of Tavernier to the likes of Manchester City superstar Kyle Walker.

“There are people in England who know football and what Tav is doing,” he said.

“There’s no question he could do it down here. If you look at Walker they’re very similar – he’s got that speed to get forward and the ability as well.

“But he might never get that opportunity. And he’s Rangers captain, so you don’t want to be going anywhere. He’s now the heartbeat of that club so should want to stay there and be successful.”


Steven Gerrard will want to do all that it takes to keep hold of Tavernier, who is easily the best player in Scotland at this moment in time.

A worrying report from the Daily Mail recently suggested that the likes of Tottenham and Everton had been keeping track of the skipper – something the Gers will be keen to deflect.

There is no doubting Tavernier’s ability though, and we have no doubts he would succeed back in England.

The defender is producing similar averages in terms of key passes and shots on goal per game to the likes of Ryan Kent, and it is hard to think of another full-back who delivers that sort of quality every week [WhoScored].

Let’s hope Ball is right though, and Tavernier will stick around at Ibrox. There is silverware to be lifted this season, and he deserves every last bit of recognition in this success.

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