When the news emerged that Rangers were signing former Liverpool full-back Jon Flanagan, thoughts immediately turned to the future of James Tavernier.

The 26-year-old has been a lynchpin of the Gers side in recent years, and now faced real competition for his place in the Gers first-team.

But recent comments from Steven Gerarrd will have assured Tavernier, who has captained the Gers in the past, that his future lies at Ibrox.

Gerrard told the Scottish Sun that Flanagan was bought to play in games that Tavernier might not as he is too attack-minded, not to replace him as the right-back in the team on a permanent basis.

That makes sense and would perhaps give the Gers a balance they have been lacking between attack and defence in recent years.

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More importantly Gerrard’s comments also indicate that Tavernier will be one of the key members of his squad going forward.

And, to be fair, how could he not be? Tavernier has been one of the most consistent players in a Gers side which has struggled badly with inconsistency since their return to the Scottish Premiership.

Indeed, it could even be argued that Tavernier has been the Gers’ best player in the last few seasons.

Whilst it is understandable that Gerrard wants to mould his Rangers team in his own image, he still has to make room for some players who have been important in the last few seasons.

Tavernier is certainly one of those players and he should be one of the first names on the team sheet next season.

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