Is Leeds' Gaetano Berardi an option for Rangers if James Tavernier quits?

Leeds captain Gaetano Berardi in action during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Newport County and Leeds United at Rodney Parade on January 7, 2018 in Newport, Wales.

Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers should ask Championship side Leeds United about Gaetano Berardi if James Tavernier leaves.

Leeds captain Gaetano Berardi in action during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Newport County and Leeds United at Rodney Parade on January 7, 2018 in Newport, Wales.

There seems to be every chance that Rangers might be in the market for a right-back this summer, if rumours are to be believed.

According to The Scottish Sun, Rangers defender James Tavernier may be the focus of a £3.5 million bid by Crystal Palace in the near future.

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Given his importance to the Gers, replacing Tavernier is an absolute must, and should Steven Gerrard look at bringing Leeds United's Gaetano Berardi to Ibrox?

Berardi's future at Leeds may well be up in the air after the Swiss right-back picked up a five-match ban toward the end of last season following a third red card of the season.

Gaetano Berardi of Leeds United FC passes the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on October 17, 2015 in Leeds,...

With Luke Ayling returning from long-term injury, and Lewie Coyle coming back following a season-long loan at Fleetwood Town, United head coach Paul Heckingbottom could make the 29-year-old available for transfer.

Berardi is nowhere near Tavernier as an attacking force, but he is arguably a much better defender and one who is popular among United fans in spite of his disciplinary issues.

Considering that Rangers are a team bereft of leadership at the best of times, an assertive character like the one-time Switzerland international wouldn't go amiss and, with his contract expiring in 2020, Gerrard could give Leeds a decision to make.

The Ibrox outfit, whose budget is only around £6 million, could do a lot worse than the £500,000-rated man [Transfermarkt].

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