Should Rangers replace wanted man James Tavernier with Hearts' Callum Paterson, who outshone the 25-year-old at Tynecastle in November?

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

The Rangers right-back has been linked with a move to Nottingham Forest, where ex-Ibrox boss Mark Warburton is now employed.

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

Rangers' James Tavernier is reportedly wanted by Mark Warburton at Nottingham Forest.

It's been a difficult campaign for the 25-year-old, who has often bore the brunt of the Rangers supporters' frustration - no more so than in November's 2-0 defeat at Hearts.

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Tavernier was slaughtered on social media afterwards, with several fans comparing his display to that of his opposite number, Callum Paterson.

Paterson suffered ligament damage shortly after, and is unlikely to return much before September. However, after Friday's confirmation from Hearts boss Ian Cathro that the 22-year-old will not be extending his contract beyond the end of this season, someone is set to land themselves a bargain, provided they show a bit of patience.

With Lee Hodson and Rob Kiernan both able to play right-back in the meantime, Rangers could be that side.

Although not completely free because of his age, it is plausible that Paterson would cost Rangers less than the fee recouped from Tavernier's sale, making the deal a relative no-brainer - if they can get him.

Heart of Midlothian's Callum Paterson celebrates scoring their first goalHeart of Midlothian's Callum Paterson celebrates

With several English sides, including West Ham United, also said to be chasing the five-cap Scotland international, Rangers would likely face a battle for his signature.

Paterson's injury could yet deter other suitors, however, and should the Caixinha revolution get off to a promising start, the chance to stay local could appeal to the player.

Should Rangers make a move for Paterson if Tavernier leaves?

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