By Gabriel Agbonlahor

8th Dec, 2020 | 8:30pm

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Gabriel Agbonlahor has backed Rangers to keep hold of in-form defender James Tavernier in January.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former Aston Villa and England striker insisted the 29-year-old will want to continue to work with Steven Gerrard and secure the Scottish Premiership title this season.

This site revealed the Ibrox giants are braced for big-money bids for their club captain in the winter window after his incredible start to the season.

The right-back scored his 16th goal and grabbed his 11th assist of the campaign against Ross County last Sunday.

After the game, Gerrard compared him to the best attacking full-backs he ever played with – Kyle Walker, Glen Johnson and Steve Finnan.

And Agbonlahor has claimed working with the former England captain has improved Tavernier’s game.

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He told Football Insider“With figures like that people are going to be interested.

“I feel like he’s done very well there and he’s thriving playing under Steven Gerrard.

“Any player out there if you’re playing under Steven Gerrard you’re going to give 100 per cent and you’re going to improve and that’s what he’s doing there.

“I’m sure there are eyes on him all over Europe but Rangers players at the moment will want to keep playing under him.

“If Rangers can keep doing what they’re doing at the top of the table there’s no reason why they can’t keep hold of their players.”

Rangers paid just £200,000 to Wigan Athletic for Tavernier in 2015 and he has made 262 appearances for the Light Blues.

He currently has just 18 months left on his Ibrox contract that expires in the summer of 2022.

In other Rangers news, Football Insider understands a “timid” Allen signing who dazzles in training faces a fight to save his Ibrox career.