EXCLUSIVE By Wayne Veysey
Rangers right-back James Tavernier is ready to quit the club and return to England, sources have told Football Insider.
A number of English Championship sides are keen to sign the right-back, 26, either in the last two weeks of the January window or in the summer.
A well-placed source has told Football Insider that Tavernier has told Rangers chiefs he does not want to negotiate a new contract to replace his current deal, which expires in 18 months.
The Glasgow giants are keen to tie down Tavernier, who is one of the outstanding players in Graeme Murty’s side and is one of the first names on the teamsheet.
The former Wigan Athletic player, who signed for Rangers in 2015 for £200,000 when Mark Warburton was manager, wants to return to England after two-and-a-half years in Glasgow, where he has made a total of 121 appearances and won the 2015/16 Scottish Championship title.
The attacking full-back has an excellent record of 21 goals and 36 assists for the club, including four goals and six assists from 27 matches in all competitions this season.
In other Rangers transfer news, a deal to sign an international playmaker is growing increasingly close to the finishing line.