By Anthony Onifade

11th May, 2023 | 10:10am

Rangers only need to negotiate Dujon Sterling wages to sign new right-back as James Tavernier update emerges

Rangers are interested in signing Chelsea defender Dujon Sterling this summer and see him as a long-term replacement for James Tavernier, according to Football Scotland.

The full-back has been on loan from Stamford Bridge at Stoke City this season making 28 appearances for the Potters in all competitions.

The Scottish Sun reported on 11 May that the Gers were interested in the full-back, along with Stoke who are wishing to make his loan move permanent.

With his contract at Stamford Bridge coming to an end this summer, Football Scotland [11 May] reveal that Rangers only need to negotiate his wages if they are to secure a deal.

“Sterling, 23, is out of contract at the end of the season and Football Scotland understands he could look for a move away from the Blues of Stamford Bridge to find a new permanent home as opposed to loan switches.

“Interestingly it’s at right wing-back Sterling predominantly plies his trade so could be seen as a long-term replacement for captain Tavernier. Only his wages would have to be negotiated as the Light Blues look to sort a deal”, the report reveals.

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Sign him up

Rangers need to strengthen in all areas amid a very disappointing trophyless campaign for the club, who have witnessed fierce rivals Celtic topple them in every competition available.

Boss Michael Beale is expected to be very busy in the summer transfer window, with Rangers set to be linked with a long, long list of players over the coming months.

And it seems as if the Gers are ready to start courting some potential targets with Sterling the latest name in a long list of them linked with a move to Ibrox this summer.

And the 23-year-old certainly seems a decent option for Ranger to think long-term about replacement Tavernier eventually, as his marauding presence, speed, athleticism and potential could certainly endear him to the Ibrox faithful before long.

The young defender impressed on his loan spell in the Championship with Stoke this season, showing superb versatility playing in various positions in the defence and midfield.

Beale is certainly a fan of versatile and adaptable players and Sterling could well take his game to another level under the former Queens Park Rangers boss. Sign him up.

In other Rangers news, Michael Stewart has stated that one player has been a standout for the Gers in an otherwise disappointing season.