By Noel Whelan

21st Mar, 2020 | 11:46am

'He won't be at Rangers next season' - Exclusive: Ex-striker reacts to transfer reveal

Rangers skipper James Tavernier won’t be at at the club next season.

That is the verdict of ex-SPL and Leeds United striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the future of the 28-year-old.

This site revealed this week that Tavernier is to let it be known he is keen to quit Ibrox this summer and return south of the border.

This comes after Football Insider revealed the Light Blues are willing to drop their previous £8million asking price for the right-back this summer.

Tavernier is seen by many Rangers fans as an emblem of the team’s failure to live up to expectations this season after an impressive first half of the campaign was followed by a wretched downturn that obliterated their trophy hopes.

Former Aberdeen, Livingston and Dunfermline striker Whelan believes Tavernier won’t be short of interest if he is on the market.

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“Tavernier is a really good player and quite unique with the goals he scores from a defensive position,” Whelan told Football Insider. “There will definitely be big interest in him if Rangers and Stevie G decide to let him go.

“He won’t be at Rangers next season, I can’t see it. The fans are on his back at the moment and it may be best for everyone if he moves on.”

Tavernier has previously been the subject of enquiries and offers from the likes of Newcastle United, Aston Villa and West Brom.

He will enter the final two years of his contract in the summer after being handed a lucrative deal in September 2018, soon after Steven Gerrard took over as manager.

Supporters were furious with Tavernier after he used his programme notes ahead of the 1-0 home defeat to Hamilton Academical earlier this month to admit the team can’t cope under pressure.

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