Mark Warburton has told the Daily Record that he knows that there is plenty of interest in Rangers defender James Tavernier as he has had a numbers of managers ask him about the Gers captain.
Tavernier is going through a tricky spell at Ibrox. Rangers have conceded three goals in their last seven games, and it could be argued that the right-back could take the majority of the blame for all of them.
He made errors when attempting to intercept bouncing passes against both Young Boys and Hearts. And it appears that some supporters are questioning whether he should be dropped.
But Warburton – who was in charge of the Gers when Tavernier arrived at Ibrox – shared that there are several managers reaching out to him to ask about the Englishman.
“I know for a fact there is a lot of interest in him down here. I hear people talk and I’ve had a lot of phone-calls from managers at other clubs who are asking me about him. I always give them my honest opinion,” he told the Daily Record.
“A lot of Premier League clubs have been watching him because they know how good he is,” he went on to add.
“He’s a very talented boy. Yes, everyone has areas that can be improved but Tav is an outstanding asset and a top class professional. He deserves nothing but respect.”
Should Rangers sell Tavernier?
It would be interesting to know what Rangers fans make of Warburton’s comments. There is no question that he has been a fantastic signing for the Gers. And it would be no surprise if he enjoyed a turnaround in form in the very near future.
But perhaps there may be a growing number of fans wondering whether the club should cash in. Rangers could demand a significant fee for the 27-year-old, and some may feel that Steven Gerrard would be better off selling and reinvesting the money in the squad.
It would be a serious gamble to let Tavernier go. And the large majority would surely want him to stay. But his recent form has been a concern as Rangers look to continue progressing.