Should Rangers use Palace interest in James Tavernier to land James McArthur?

James Tavernier of Rangers inspects the pitch prior to the Scottish Cup Semi Final match between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 15, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Palace are reportedly interesting in Rangers defender Tavernier.

James Tavernier of Rangers arrives at the stadium prior to the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on April 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Premier League side Crystal Palace are reportedly interested in landing Rangers defender James Tavernier this summer, but should the Gers work a deal in their favour?

The Scottish Sun claim Palace are set to launch a £3.5million move to land the goalscoring right-back, with the 27-year-old catching the eye after scoring 27 goals in 125 appearances for the club.

The defender arguably enjoyed the best season of his career on a personal level, being involved in 18 goals this term. He scored nine, and laid on another nine assists for the Scottish giants.

Crystal Palace's Ivorian striker Wilfried Zaha (C) celebrates scoring the opening goal with Crystal Palace's Scottish midfielder James McArthur (R) during the English Premier League...

His performances have been noted by Palace, who are readying a bid in order to test Steven Gerrard's resolve since the Liverpool legend moved to Ibrox. Tavernier still has three years remaining on his contract.

But Gerrard could look to use the sale of Tavernier to Rangers' advantage, by requesting Palace to include Scottish midfielder James McArthur in a deal after the Gers are said to be interested in the former Hamilton star.

The Daily Mail claimed last month that McArthur, 30, was a name on Rangers' transfer shortlist ahead of the summer window, despite the Daily Star claiming he earned £50,000 a week back in 2016.

Steven Gerrard shakes hands with Dave King as he is unveiled as the new manager of Rangers football Club at Ibrox Stadium on May 4, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The Gers boast a whole host of central midfielders, especially since Gerrard has brought Scott Arfield to Ibrox from Burnley. The likes of Ryan Jack, Graham Dorrans, Jordan Rossiter, Jason Holt and Andy Halliday are all fighting for a place.

But none boast the quality, and indeed the pedigree, of Palace star McArthur. So, if Rangers are indeed forced to sell Tavernier to Palace, they should only play ball if McArthur is included in a deal.

 

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