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Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is “open to offers” for a number of senior players, according to a report, and with James Tavernier’s name appearing on the list of potential departures, Gerrard must have a replacement up his sleeve.

According to the Scottish Sun, Tavernier is one of eight players who could be on the way out this summer but with no obvious replacement for him at Ibrox, the Light Blues boss will need to bring at least one right-back into the club.

The Gers aren’t exactly brimming with defensive talent either with Fabio Cardoso, Bruno Alves and Ross McCrorie the only recognised first-team central defenders – with Cardoso named as one expected to leave this summer and McCrorie potentially being used in midfield instead of defence.

Selling Tavernier would leave them even tighter at the back going into the new campaign.

So far this summer the Light Blues have been linked with a number of central defenders but there’s been nothing of note around a new full-back linking up with Gerrard’s squad when they return for pre-season next month.

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With the Gers’ season getting underway on July 12th when they play their first qualifier in the Europa League, Gerrard doesn’t have a massive amount of time to get someone new in before the Liverpool icon appears in the dugout for the first time as Rangers boss.

Selling Tavernier could bring in a healthy fee for the Gers boss to strengthen his squad but, after being one of the Ibrox giants’ best players last season, Gerrard will need to have a quality target in mind to replace him.

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