By Joe Ellis

1st Aug, 2022 | 5:40pm

Rangers captain James Tavernier reacts to brother's Premier League transfer

Rangers captain James Tavernier is now not the only person in his family playing football at the highest level after his brother earned a big move.

Marcus Tavernier completed his move from Championship side Middlesbrough to newly-promoted Bournemouth and is set to be involved in the Cherries’ Premier League side for the upcoming opening day of the season.

The deal, worth £10million, comes as brother James is yet to sign his contract extension at Ibrox although things are progressing on that front as Giovanni van Bronckhorst looks to secure the long-term future of his captain.

The Light Blues star jumped onto Twitter to show his pride in his younger brother on Monday, saying “So proud of you. Go get it,” after the 23-year-old penned a five-year deal at the Vitality Stadium.

One day?

If younger brother Marcus goes on to be a success at Bournemouth, it won’t be long before clubs of a higher reputation globally are trying to take him away from the South Coast.

Maybe Rangers could be persuaded by the skipper to make a move for his sibling which would then see a Tavernier duo flying down the right-hand side.

That would of course be a long shot at best but surely both players and their parents have imagined what it would be like if they played together on the professional scene.

For that to happen though, Rangers would first need to assess whether Rabbi Matondo is going to be the answer to all of their prayers on the right wing having only just signed the Welshman this summer.

Even then, Tavernier junior may not be the man the Bears see as a player to bring in and play and it could have to be a big money move too given the price paid by Bournemouth but the dream will remain for both of them.

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