Rangers face a major battle to keep James Tavernier in January as interest grows in him from Premier League clubs following an extraordinary season so far.
Tavernier , 29, added his 16th goal and 11th assist of the campaign against Ross County last Sunday as Steven Gerrard’s side moved 13 points clear of Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership.
Ibrox sources have told Football Insider the club are braced for bids for their club captain in the window that opens on 1 January.
The right-back’s reputation is at an all-time high amid a sensational campaign personally and for his club.
Manager Steven Gerrard compared him to best attacking right-backs he has played with – Kyle Walker, Glen Johnson and Steve Finnan – following his latest matchwinning display.
Ex-England international Paul Robinson told Football Insider yesterday he is in no doubt Tavernier “will be attracting the attention of clubs across Europe” amid his “incredible” statistics.
Former Aberdeen striker Noel Whelan told Football Insider that Tavernier has all the attributes that top clubs want in a modern full-back.
“Tavernier has been captain of Rangers for some time now. A fantastic right-back who gets up and down the line and has an eye for goal.
“He has had interest in him, there was talk of a £7m bid before. There will be teams looking at him in January because he is the modern day wing-back who ticks every single box.”
Tavernier is approaching the final 18 months of his Ibrox deal, which expires in the summer of 2022.
Bradford-born Tavernier started out at Leeds United’s academy, played for Newcastle United, Wigan and had several loan spells, before joining Rangers in 2015 when he was signed for a bargain £200,000 by Mark Warburton.
He has made 262 appearances for the Light Blues, weighing in with a remarkable 62 goals and 85 assists from defence.