Darren Bent has revealed his surprise that Rangers defender James Tavernier has not secured a move to the Premier League after his “insane” form at Ibrox.
The former England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, says that the full-back’s form has been unfairly brushed off by many due to the perceived quality of the Scottish top flight.
As revealed exclusively by Football Insider, Premier League sides Aston Villa and Newcastle United have been circling Ibrox over a late move for the full-back.
Tavernier was a crucial attacking outlet for Steven Gerrard’s side last season, netting 17 goals and chipping in 20 assists across all competitions, including in the Europa League.
Bent says that the 27-year-old’s achievements have been overlooked due to the division he plays in and that he was sure someone in England would have snapped up his signing by now.
Bent told Football Insider: “People look at that league and they judge, it is unfair because people, you’ll get a striker who scores goals in Scotland and they’ll go: ‘Yeah but it’s just Scotland.’ I’ve always said to myself that’s unfair.
“They’re still producing the goods, they’ve still got to score the goals.
“For a right-back, that (his goals and assists record) is absolutely insane. It is surprising that no one else has come in for him. For me, if he can get to the Premier League, he’s got to jump at the chance.”
Tavernier, Rangers’ captain, has played 201 times for the Light Blues since arriving at Ibrox, with 43 goals and 62 assists under his belt.
The full-back does already have 36 minutes of Premier League experience under his belt with Newcastle United, having featured as a substitute back in 2012.
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