Alan Hutton insists that Rangers would have to make a new signing to replace the “outstanding” James Tavernier if he was to be sold before transfer deadline day.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Gers defender and boyhood fan of the club believes it would take a “big price tag” for anyone to prise the 28-year-old away from Ibrox.
As reported by TEAMtalk, West Ham are plotting a late move to sign the Gers captain as David Moyes looks to bolster his defensive options before the window slams shut.
Tavernier has been a mainstay in defence for Steven Gerrard and recently hit the milestone of 50 goals for the club.
Hutton admits there is no underestimating the right-back’s influence and insists that trying to replace him would be a task easier said than done.
Hutton told Football Insider: “Look, I think he’s been outstanding over the years. Just look at his stats, I don’t even have to run through them, you just know they’ve been amazing.
“He’s obviously the captain and this close to the end of the window, they would have to bring someone in, that’s the problem.
“I’m a massive fan of Nathan Patterson but is he ready to step in and play week in, week out? I’m not so sure at this moment, I think he’s still learning so it would be a difficult one, they’d have to bring someone else in and it would have to be a big price tag on him.
“He’s one of their key players, so I’m not sure it would happen.”
Tavernier has scored a remarkable 52 goals in 254 appearances for the Light Blues to date.
He netted a brace from the penalty spot against Motherwell in their 5-1 win on Sunday.
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