Few players in the current Rangers squad divide opinion quite like James Tavernier. A full-back in the most modern sense, the flying right-sider is either one of the club’s most lethal attacking threats or an accident waiting to happen depending on who you ask.
Though, according to the Daily Mail, the former Newcastle United player obviously made an impression on former Rangers gaffer Mark Warburton. So much so that the new Forest boss is hoping to make signing Tavernier one of his first acts at the City Ground.
The uber-attacking 25-year-old, who netted 15 goals from right-back in the second tier last season, signed a new contract until 2019 in the summer but that will not stop Warburton attempting to plug something of a problem position in his Forest side.
Eric Lichaj, one of the club’s more solid defenders (below), has struggled with injury this season while Hildeberto Pereira has been preferred in a more attacking position. Consequently, Michael Mancienne has been forced to fill in out of position, a tactic that appears a distinctly short-term solution.
Whether Tavernier is the answer is another matter entirely, however. Only rock-bottom Rotherham United have conceded more Championship goals than Forest this season, so the prospect of signing a defender frequently criticised by supporters for his error-prone displays doesn’t bode well.
Going forwards, however, Tavernier is a one-man steam locomotive. At his best, he can be unplayable. And it just so happens that he produced arguably his finest performance of the season in Rangers’ 4-0 thrashing of Hamilton on Saturday.
So Forest fans will be pleased to hear that their top target was lauded on Twitter by thrilled Rangers fans.
@James_Tavernier I've slated you for weeks and weeks but yesterday was a top class performance.. keep it up! ⚪— SAYERS (@mikeys93) March 19, 2017