Premier League figure texts Charlie Adam in show of interest on Rangers star James Tavernier
Charlie Adam has revealed that an unnamed figure from the English Premier League texted him to express admiration for Rangers captain James Tavernier.
The Gers skipper scored again in the Europa League knockout stage as his side beat RB Leipzig 3-1 to book their place in the European final on Thursday (5 May).
The strike put him joint-top of the scoring charts in the competition, as part of 16 goals in all competitions this year and 81 in his time at Ibrox, and has put the 30-year-old in the sights of potential suitors ahead of what could be a busy summer in the market.
“It’s going to be a big summer for Rangers. If we look too far ahead and they did get the Champions League, then you’ve got a lot of these players with one year left on their contracts.
“It’s a big decision financially for what Rangers want to do, but if they win it first then that’s something they’ve got to worry about later.”
The downside to the success that Giovanni van Bronckhorst is experiencing in Europe with these players is the attention it draws.
The Dutchman put a premium on keeping hold of his first team during the January transfer window, but will have a job on his hands to do the same again after the season ends.
Contracts running down are an increasingly common issue for modern clubs, and forces them to make the decision to sell while they can still get a return or risk losing players for free.
Some stars may see Europa League glory as an appropriate bookend to wave goodbye to Ibrox, while others may be motivated by the Champions League.
If they are beaten in the final the future of a number will be even more cloudy, including the likes of Alfredo Morelos and Connor Goldson.
But Adam is right that it is not the priority for at least the next two weeks, with the Eintracht Frankfurt clash in Sevilla on 18 May, followed by the Scottish Cup final against Hearts three days later the primary concern.
In other Rangers news, SNP figures took to Twitter to react to the club reaching the Europa League final.