He won't be around that long - Ferguson thinks Rangers ace will leave Ibrox (not Morelos)
Barry Ferguson has expressed concerns he has regarding the future of Rangers defender James Tavernier
The ex-Wigan right-back only signed a new deal at Ibrox earlier in the week for a further three-and-a-half years, until 2021.
But that doesn’t seem to be enough to allay the fears that the former Rangers captain has over the player.
After putting pen to paper, Tavernier stated that he had done so because he had unfulfilled ambitions with the Scottish Premier League side and wanted to become captain of the side.
The 26-year-old experienced his first outing with the armband when they swept aside Ayr United 6-1 in the Scottish Cup last weekend and revealed he wants more opportunities to do that.
However, the revelations of the defender led to Ferguson – himself a former captain at the club – wondering whether Tavernier will ever fulfil them.
Writing in the Daily Record, the former midfielder said: “James Tavernier is clearly a man after my own heart but when he stated his ambitions for the future the other day, I couldn’t help but wonder if he’ll ever manage to fulfil them.
“Not because he’s not good enough to do what I did in a Rangers shirt. On the contrary, he might be too good to see his own bucket-list through.
“Yes, his new contract might keep him at Rangers until the summer of 2021. But if he continues to improve at the rate he has done this season I honestly don’t think he’ll be around for that long.”
Before agreeing to his new contract, Tavernier was being mooted with a move away from the SPL to the Championship with Sunderland and Reading believed to be interested in the full-back.
This weekend sees a return to the Premier League and a chance for Greg Docherty to put one over his former employers as they head to Hamilton Academical in the league on Sunday.
Aberdeen face a tough away trip to Hibernian on Saturday and depending on how the result goes there, Rangers could potentially be second in the table by the end of the weekend.
In other Rangers news, Gers forward sets himself target after agreeing new deal.