The Birmingham Mail have claimed West Bromwich Albion have reignited their interest in Rangers captain James Tavernier ahead of the summer window, after trying to land Tavernier last summer.
The Daily Record claimed last summer that West Brom were trying to sign Tavernier. But the Baggies failed with a bid worth £2.5million for the defender, and instead signed Everton star Mason Holgate on loan.
Tavernier, 27, was retained as captain by Steven Gerrard last summer and has since shone for the Teddy Bears. This season, he has become much more defensively solid but carried on excelling in the final third.
As the club’s set-piece and penalty taker, Tavernier has clocked up an enormous 16 goals and 20 assists from the right side of the defence – including the opener in a 2-0 win over Celtic on Sunday afternoon at Ibrox.
He is one of a number of Rangers stars that are being linked with a summer move, including striker Alfredo Morelos and midfielder Scott Arfield. But he is expected to stay at Rangers, with his contract expiring in 2022.
Rangers showed on Sunday that they are closing in on Old Firm rivals Celtic, and another few signings this summer could see Gerrard’s side push Celtic all the way next season.
Tavernier has been at Rangers since the summer of 2015, going through promotion and the years under Mark Waburton and Pedro Caixinha. He knows what it means to be a Rangers player.
Throwing all that away when they are closer than ever to toppling Celtic would be an enormous waste of time to join a side yo-yoing between the Championship and the Premier League. Tavernier has got to pick Rangers.