Rangers manager Steven Gerrard wants to keep James Tavernier and Josh Windass at Ibrox, according to a report, despite there being reported interest in both players from the Premier League.
According to the Daily Record, Gerrard has “ring-fenced” the duo as he builds his squad ahead of the start of the season and wants the Ibrox mainstays to be part of his Ibrox revolution.
The Daily Record also claim that Gerrard met Windass in Dubai last month to convince the 24-year-old his future lay at Ibrox after reports linked the former Accrington striker with a move to Cardiff City.
Meanwhile, the Scottish Sun previously reported that Tavernier was poised to leave Ibrox to join Premier League outfit Crystal Palace, but it appears the right-sided flyer could now stay where he is under Gerrard.
Football Insider verdict:
It makes sense that Gerrard would want to keep two of the Gers’ top performers from last season – although many fans wouldn’t be too fussed. With both players tied down on long-term contracts, there’s no pressure on the Gers boss to have met with either of them and convince them to stay at Ibrox, however, doing so is a nice touch and a sure-fire way to show the players that they are valued. Despite both staying possibly having an effect on Gerrard’s transfer budget, both would also have been pretty expensive to replace this summer as Gerrard gets down to work at Ibrox. With only a few weeks until pre-season starts, there could still be a change in either player’s future but with both looking like the manager wants to keep them around then it seems unlikely that either will be departing Ibrox unless a ridiculous offer comes in. Both players need to improve their consistency if they are going to be a success under Gerrard next season and can forget about getting by on what they did last season.