John Brown makes shock claim about Rangers previously snubbing James Tavernier deal

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Former Rangers scout John Brown claims he recommended James Tavernier to the club all the way back in 2011.

Former Rangers scout John Brown has told the Daily Express that he recommended current Gers ace James Tavernier to the club all the way back in 2011.

Tavernier, 24, spent the early years of his career with Leeds United and Newcastle United, before moving on to Wigan Athletic in 2014, where he struggled for first-team football.

Over the summer, Rangers boss Mark Warburton rescued the right back by securing a deal to take him to Ibrox, and he has been a roaring success in Glasgow so far.

With ten goals in 19 games, Tavernier has far exceeded expectations in front of goal, with his set pieces causing mayhem during Rangers' run to the top of the Scottish Championship table.

Now though, claims from former Rangers scout John Brown suggest that Tavernier could have been a Rangers player four years ago.

Brown has told the Daily Express that he was impressed with Tavernier during his loan spells with Carlisle United and Sheffield Wednesday, and was constantly giving positive reports to the Rangers hierarchy, urging them to complete a deal for Taverneir whilst he was on the fringes at Newcastle.

Of course, Rangers snubbed the deal at the time, and whilst Tavernier has finally made his way to Ibrox, it's interesting to wonder how his career would have been different had Rangers signed him in 2011, as Brown claims he told the club to do.

"James was on loan at Carlisle United from Newcastle United in 2011 when he first came on to the Rangers radar," said Brown. "We went down to see what Carlisle had and you could see right away that he was a class above everything else at that level. James was such an offensive full-back who looked to make things happen going forward."

"I came back and recommended we should try to get him on loan or permanently if Newcastle would let him go. It didn’t happen but we kept an eye on him. I went to watch him later that season and once again he stood out when he was on loan at Sheffield Wednesday."

"Every time I saw James I came back with a positive report but it never happened, like a lot of things during Craig Whyte’s time at the club. James had a lot going for him and that has proved to be the case since he came to Rangers under Warburton. He is really thriving in Scotland and I think he will only get better with the more experience and games he gets," he added.

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