By Mike Slater

24th Apr, 2021 | 12:05pm

Alan Rough: Rangers must sell James Tavernier in the summer

Alan Rough has insisted that Rangers have “got to sell” defender James Tavernier in the summer after the emergence of Nathan Patterson.

The young defender has been lauded by Steven Gerrard massively this season but has a four-match suspension to complete this season.

Tam McManus and Charlie Adam agreed that Tavernier may need to leave Glasgow, despite there being little chance of that happening.

Speaking on PLZ’s The Football Show, Rough insisted that after Gerrard’s praise, he has no choice but to get rid of his captain.

“I can’t believe you’re letting them two away with it,” he said.

“You slaughtered me for suggesting exactly what they said when I said sell Tavernier. Steven Gerrard has talked up this boy so much.

“I think he’s got to play, if he’s as good as what Gerrard thinks he is, you’ve got to sell Tavernier and get the money in.”


Tavernier is the skipper at Ibrox and is coming off one of his best-ever seasons in the Scottish Premiership, being involved in 20 goals in 29 starts.

Patterson has been great, but a handful of impressive performances should never lead to the suggestion that you must sell one of your best players.

The 19-year-old will know that he isn’t guaranteed starts every single week, but with the Champions League and two cups alongside the league next season, he will get minutes.

We can’t believe we had to sit and listen to pundits suggesting that Tavernier should be sold, especially after he literally signed a new contract weeks ago.

Move on, nothing to see here.

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