Should Rangers challenge Celtic for Tom James?

General view of Ibrox Stadium ahead of the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Should Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers challenge Scottish Premiership rivals Celtic for Tom James?

James Tavernier of Rangersis seen during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and St Johnstone at Ibrox Stadium on December 16, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

So far, Celtic and Rangers are being linked to some of the same players this summer.

The likes of John McGinn, Glen Kamara and Jack Marriott have all been linked to both Old Firm clubs in recent weeks and it's perhaps evidence of Steven Gerrard's influence at Rangers.

But there is one other Celtic-linked player who the Gers manager should take an interest in: Tom James.

The Independent claimed in March that the Hoops, Swansea City and Bournemouth were all keen on the 22-year-old Yeovil Town right-back.

The trail appears to have gone cold in regards to Celtic's reported interest. Brendan Rodgers might have dropped the ball - and it could be a great time for the Rangers boss to strike.

General views of Ibrox Stadium during the Rangers v St Johnstone - Scottish League Cup Quarter-Final at Ibrox Stadium on October 28, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The Scottish Sun reported last month that Crystal Palace were lining up a £3.5 million move for James Tavernier which, if it happens, will leave the Gers with a big hole in defence.

James is clearly a big talent, evident by the names he's been linked to, and it makes sense for Gerrard to try and bring him to Glasgow if Tavernier exits.

In fact, it might not be the worst idea in the world to try and recruit him regardless, by virtue of the fact that Lee Hodson is Tavernier's deputy.

It remains to be seen whether Celtic re-enter the race to sign him, but for now there is little reason as to why James shouldn't be the latest player who both Old Firm sides are going for.

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