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£8m-rated Rangers defender James Tavernier could follow ex-Celtic star Stuart Armstrong’s path to Southampton

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£8m-rated Rangers defender James Tavernier could follow ex-Celtic star Stuart Armstrong’s path to Southampton

James Tavernier has been linked with a move to Southampton.

Rangers captain James Tavernier is being strongly linked with a late January move to the Premier League.

After attracting attention in the summer, English clubs are once again circling around Tavernier before the January window slams shut.

According to The Express, Southampton want Tavernier to replace Cedric Soares, who moved to Inter Milan.

Brighton are also in the hunt for the Gers skipper with West Bromwich Albion pondering whether to reignite their summer interest.

 

Rangers are desperate to keep the ex-Newcastle and Wigan defender, who has been a mainstay at right-back for Steven Gerrard this season.

Gerrard rates Tavernier at £8m, which would be a reasonable sum considering some Rangers fans are critical of his defensive work.

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But the 27-year-old might consider the success of Stuart Armstrong when deciding whether to make his move.

Armstrong was a key man in Celtic’s team before his summer 2018 switch to Southampton, where he has been impressive despite the Saints’ struggles.

The 26-year-old midfielder has scored four goals and injected some creativity into the Southampton side.

Tavernier can use Armstrong’s time at Southampton as a measure of how successful he could be if he swaps the Scottish Premiership for the south coast.

Teenager Yan Valery would be his main competitor at the St Mary’s Stadium so first-team chances will be available if he can impress.

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