James Tavernier suggests Rangers stay; blow for Nottingham Forest?

Rangers' James Tavernier fouls Celtic's Patrick Roberts

Glasgow Rangers defender James Tavernier is reportedly on the radar of Nottingham Forest.

Rangers' James Tavernier celebrates

Rangers defender James Tavernier has told The Glasgow Evening Times that he is ready for next season’s challenge.

The 25-year-old right-back has been on the books of Rangers since 2015 and is an important figure in the current team.

The former Newcastle United defender has not always played well this campaign, but when on form, he is one of the right-backs in the Scottish Premiership.

Tavernier has said that he is looking forward to the 2017-18 campaign and is ready for the challenges ahead.

Rangers' James Tavernier fouls Celtic's Patrick Roberts

“One million per cent,” Tavernier told The Glasgow Evening Times when asked if he is up for the challenge next season.

“We have got a European place for next season and that is one of the big things in a career – to say you have played in Europe.

“I am relishing the challenge. I have loved the football here, love the club so I’m just going to get me head down and work hard to be in the plans for next season.”

Blow for Nottingham Forest and Mark Warburton?

Back in March, The Daily Mail reported that Nottingham Forest want to sign Tavernier from Rangers in the summer transfer window.

Forest manager Warburton signed the right-back for the Gers from Wigan Athletic in the summer of 2015 for a transfer fee reported by The Daily Mail to be worth £250,000.

Tavernier’s comments, though, suggest that he does not plan to leave Rangers in the summer of 2017 and will remain at the Scottish Premiership club for the 2017-18 campaign.

Rangers' James Tavernier in action with Celtic's Kieran Tierney

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