By Daniel Lewis

19th Oct, 2023 | 9:40pm

Marcus Tavernier praises brother James Tavernier for making 'best decision' of his career at Rangers

James Tavernier made the “best decision” of his career in joining Rangers eight years ago, according to brother and current Bournemouth winger Marcus Tavernier.

Rangers signed the older of the Tavernier brothers from Wigan Athletic in July 2015, with the versatile right-back going on to make more than 400 appearances for the club.

Tavernier has lifted four trophies during his time at Ibrox and played a key part in the run to last year’s Europa League final.

Speaking to Sky Sports (October 19), sibling Marcus said: “The fans up there worship their players like they’re gods – it’s just different.

“That’s the best decision he’s made in his career moving up there and being a part of that.”

Come-and-get-me plea?

James Tavernier has had many ups and downs during his long stay in Glasgow, the highlights being the 2020-21 Scottish Premiership triumph and the aforementioned Europa League run.

While he is often the brunt of supporters’ frustrations, he has been a superb servant for the club and a great captain over the years.

More importantly, though, Marcus Tavernier’s comments certainly seem to suggest he would also be open to a move north of the border one day to experience playing for the Rangers fans.

Given he has started half of Bournemouth’s Premier League games this season, a move is unlikely anytime soon. But he is a very talented player and it may well be that his brother can put in a good word.

Having turned down a move to Ibrox earlier in his career [Teesside Live], it may well be that he is more open to a transfer now. After all, he is the same age that his brother was when making the switch, and that did not turn out too badly at all.

In other Rangers news, Philippe Clement is facing an easy early decision after a 6/10 verdict was dropped on one of the Gers’ fringe players.