Good news for Rangers as Trabzonspor move on from James Tavernier interest

Rangers' James Tavernier celebrates

The future of Mark Warburton's Rangers' right-back at Ibrox has been cast in doubt by Turkish interest.

Rangers' James Tavernier celebratesRangers' James Tavernier celebrates

This summer it has looked like Rangers might face a fight to keep hold of their star right-back James Tavernier with Turkish side Trabzonspor lurking.

It was first reported by Lig TV that the Turkish side had identified the Rangers right-back to strengthen their team.

Diyarbakir Soz then reported that Trabzonspor want to lure Tavernier away from Ibrox to replace Belgian Luis Pedro Cavanda, who joined Galatasaray this summer, and that he was their number one target.

Mayke in action for CruzeiroMayke in action for Cruzeiro

Any decent offer would be hard to reject, but the suggestion from Turkey now is that the club have moved on after deciding Tavernier was out of their reach.

Multiple reports in Turkey, including one from AMK Spor, are suggesting that the club have agreed a €1.3 million (£1.1 million) deal with Cruzeiro for their Brazilian right-back Mayke.

This news will be welcomed at Ibrox but Tavernier never looked likely to leave.

He committed his future to Ibrox recently. The 24-year-old signed a new one-year extension to his current deal at Rangers at the end of July – meaning he is now tied down to the Scottish Premiership club until the end of the 2018-19 season.

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