Date: 9th May 2019 at 7:00am
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EXCLUSIVE

Aston Villa are plotting a summer swoop for Rangers skipper James Tavernier, Football Insider understands.

The English Championship big hitters are in the market for a new right-back in the forthcoming window as Ahmed Elmohamady and Alan Hutton are both in their 30s.

A Villa source has told Football Insider that the club are keeping close tabs on Tavernier, who is widely regarded as one of the outstanding players in his position in the SPL.

The 27-year-old has been a mainstay of the Rangers line-up since signing from Wigan Athletic in 2015 and manager Steven Gerrard has frequently spoken of how highly he rates him.

Tavernier is a modern-style full-back who has an outstanding scoring and assist record at Rangers, including 16 goals and 20 assists from 55 matches in all competitions this season.

His goals record – an incredible 42 from 195 Gers games – is bolstered by being the designated penalty-taker but he is also a consistent supplier of goals through raiding up the right flank.

Elmohamady and Hutton have shared right-back duties this season but the former is 31 and out of contract next year, while the latter is 34 and due to leave this summer.

Villa are keen to bring in a younger right-back good enough to play in the Premier League and are convinced Tavernier fits the bill.

The Rangers defender has a contract at Ibrox that runs until the summer of 2022.

In other Rangers news, it can be REVEALED that the club are ready to hold talks over terminating the contract of 26-year-old.