Previous £3m Tavernier claims now look more baffling than ever

Steven Gerrard manager of Rangers looks on during the UEFA Europa League Qualifying Round match between Rangers and Shkupi at Ibrox Stadium on July 12, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Amid reported interest from clubs like Crystal Palace and Swansea City, Scottish Premiership giants Rangers were reportedly wanting £3m for James Tavernier.

Steven Gerrard manager of Rangers looks on during the UEFA Europa League Qualifying Round match between Rangers and Shkupi at Ibrox Stadium on July 12, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

It did not take long for James Tavernier to show exactly why Steven Gerrard decided to hand him the captain’s armband on a permanent basis this summer.

The 26-year-old made the difference as Rangers edged to an uncomfortable 2-0 Europa League qualifying victory over Macedonian outfit Shkupi on Thursday night. It was his superb ball that put the opener on a plate for the impressive Jamie Murphy and, with just minutes remaining, Tavernier gave the Gers a two-goal advantage ahead of the second leg with a coolly-taken penalty.

Tavernier was one of Rangers’ most useful attacking outlets last season, too, notching nine goals and nine assists from a right-back spot. And the former Newcastle youngster has started this season in real style.

So the prospect of Rangers cashing in on Tavernier for just £3 million now looks baffling to say the least.

James Tavernier of Rangers in action during the Pre-Season Friendly between Rangers and Bury at Ibrox Stadium on July 6, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The Mail (18 June, 2.29pm) had claimed that Rangers could sell the in-demand full-back amid interest from Swansea City and Crystal Palace. But Tavernier proved once again on Thursday that he is absolutely indispensable and Rangers would struggle to find anyone of a similar quality for just £3 million.

With the captain’s armband now clasped around his bicep, it seems that Gerrard too has come to the conclusion that cashing in on Tavernier would be a massive mistake.

Tavernier is not only a leader and a player who seems to get better every season, he is also one of the biggest creative influences in Rangers' squad and a man capable of making the difference when it counts.

James Tavernier of Rangers scores his sides second goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Europa League Qualifying Round match between Rangers and Shkupi at Ibrox Stadium on July 12,...

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