Would keeping Tavernier at Rangers be Mark Allen's best moment yet?

Rangers fans pour out of the stand onto the pitch as Alfredo Morelos of Rangers celebrates scoring the opening goal of the game with his team mates during the Ladbrokes Scottish...

Rangers' director of football Mark Allen is a popular man right now at Ibrox and looks set to encourage James Tavernier to stay.

A general view of Ibrox Stadium is seen ahead of the EURO 2016 Qualifier match between Scotland and Georgia at Ibrox Stadium on October 11, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

There was a lot of pressure on Mark Allen heading into the January transfer window.

The former Manchester City academy chief was only appointed as Rangers’ director of football in June, but he had endured something of a whirlwind start to life at Ibrox.

Many of the players who arrived in the blue half of Glasgow over the summer - though most were signed before Allen’s arrival and on the recommendation of Pedro Caixinha - flopped spectacularly. And just three months into the season, Caixinha was sacked. Talk about a baptism of fire.

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But, to Allen’s credit, he has proven his nous in the January transfer window and now appears to have won over the majority of the Rangers supporters.

Instead of unknown imports, Allen and manager Graeme Murty prioritised players who have proven themselves in Scottish football. In came Jason Cummings, Jamie Murphy and Greg Docherty while the decisions to sign Declan John permanently and bring in Sean Goss from QPR look inspired already.

According to the Mail, Allen could strike gold again with reports that right-back James Tavernier is set to put an end to speculation over his future by signing a long-term contract at Ibrox.

James Tavernier of Rangers celebrates after he scores a penalty during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Aberdeen at Ibrox Stadium on January 24, 2018 in Glasgow,...

The 26-year-old’s current deal expires in 2019 and there had been speculation that he could leave during the summer, which did not bare thinking about considering his extraordinary form in 2017/18.

It is understood that Tavernier has held positive talks with Allen and is ready to commit his future to Rangers, which has only improved the reputation of the Ibrox DOF.

Keeping Tavernier could be his best piece of business yet.

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