Noel Whelan suggested Rangers have a challenge on their hands keeping James Tavernier at Ibrox this summer.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Leeds United and Aberdeen striker claimed the 28-year-old “ticks a lot of boxes for a lot of teams”  and will be attracting interest from a lot of clubs.

The Gers captain still has two years left on his contract at Ibrox having signed a contract extension in September 2018.

Tavernier made a staggering 45 appearances last season in spite of the decision to curtail the Scottish Premiership last month.

The right-back, who joined the Teddy Bears from Wigan Athletic in 2015, has been linked with a move to the Premier League this summer with Brighton one of the teams reportedly interested.

When asked by Football Insider if he believed there would be significant interest from England in the defender this summer, Whelan said: “Absolutely.

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“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 will be teams looking at him this summer because this modern day wing-back has to tick every single box. For Rangers he has done that.

“He has the leadership, the desire, is good going forward, at defending and has set piece quality.

“He ticks a lot of boxes for a lot of teams.”

In March, Football Insider revealed that the club was considering an approach for soon-free agent Nathaniel Clyne.

The right-back has been frozen out at Liverpool and would be a like for like replacement for Tavernier were the Englishman to leave Ibrox.

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