'Massive blow' - Exclusive: Darren Bent reacts as Rangers star lets it be known he wants out
Darren Bent has urged Rangers full-back James Tavernier to move to the Premier League if he gets the chance during the summer transfer window.
The former Aston Villa and England forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits losing the 28-year-old would be a “massive blow” for the Light Blues but that he needs to test himself in England’s top flight.
As revealed exclusively by Football Insider, Tavernier has made it known behind the scenes that he is wanting to leave Ibrox and seal a move south of the border this summer.
It comes after Football Insider detailed how Rangers have slashed their asking price for the right-back in a bid to free up transfer funds to spend.
Bent insists Tavernier’s exit it will be a bitter pill for Steven Gerrard to swallow but that the full-back has got to try and prove his worth at a higher level.
Bent told Football Insider: “Yeah, it’s a massive blow. I read the other day he’s not won anything at Rangers which is surprising considering how long he’s been there and the quality he’s got.
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“He’s been there, he’s been a great servant for them but I always feel you need to test yourself in the Premier League, you need to experience to see if you can actually go and do it.
“If his move is to the Premier League then I’m all for it, the Premier League is the best league in the world, if he can do it, then by means go and do it.”
Tavernier has made 242 appearances for Rangers since arriving at Ibrox, with 45 of those coming this season.
He has been a star at both ends of the pitch, chipping in with 46 goals and 74 assists across all competitions.
In other Rangers news, Alan Hutton has tipped a teenage talent to replace Tavernier at Ibrox.