James Tavernier could have ruined his chances of a Premier League move by signing a new deal at Rangers, according to Alan Hutton.
The former Gers full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested this summer may be the last opportunity for the 29-year-old to seal a switch to England’s top flight.
As confirmed on Tuesday, Tavernier has penned a two-year extension to keep him at Ibrox until 2024.
💙 #Tavernier2024 💙
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 6, 2021
Football Insider revealed back in December Rangers were braced for bids from Premier League clubs in January, although he eventually remained at Ibrox.
Tavernier, who is the Gers’ captain, has already played 41 times this season.
That is despite him missing the last month and a half through injury.
He has delivered sensational attacking returns for a defender, with 17 goals and 15 assists under his belt.
Tavernier, who turns 30 in October, has two Premier League appearances under his belt after substitute appearances for Newcastle.
Hutton admitted the defender’s new contract may have ruled out a move back down to test himself England’s elite.
“At 29, if you’re looking to go down south, I think this is, this would be the only opportunity,” Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.
“When you start going into your 30s, it’s very unlikely that it’s going to happen.
“He’s played that well this season that I’m pretty sure there’ll have been Premier League admirers out there watching.
“If anybody is willing to pay for him, what would the price be?
“For Rangers, it’d have to be a high value because he’s one of the top performers. He’s the captain, one of the best players.
“If Rangers don’t see the fee as suitable, then there’s no reason for them to accept it. He seems like he’s happy to stay and play for Rangers so that’s the most important thing.”