Should Rangers use James Tavernier to boost Kyle Bartley hopes?

Kalvin Phillips of Leeds United (L) and Kyle Bartley of Leeds United (R) celebrate after Tim Ream of Fulham (not pictured) scores an own goal  during the Sky Bet Championship match between...

Glasgow Rangers reportedly wish to bring Kyle Bartley back to Ibrox this summer.

James Tavernier of Rangers controls the ball during the Betfred League Cup Quarter Final at Firhill Stadium on September 19, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

According to a report from The Scottish Sun earlier this week, Rangers could consider selling James Tavernier this summer for around £3.5 million with Jon Flanagan set to become Steven Gerrard's seventh signing of the window.

Considering selling Tavernier appears to be a big risk from the Gers given what he has contributed during his time at Ibrox, and the report suggests that Gerrard would rather keep the defender in his ranks. 

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,...

But with The Scottish Sun reporting that Swansea are one of the sides interested in luring Tavernier away this summer for the seven-figure fee, perhaps the Gers should be open to the idea of selling the man who wore the captain's armband on several occasions last season - but only if they look to use the Swans' Tavernier interest to land one of their own targets.

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According to another report from The Scottish Sun from May, Rangers are rivalling Leeds to sign Kyle Bartley following the Swans' relegation, and the centre-back is seemingly keen on considering a return to the Scottish Premiership giants after previous loan spells.

Kyle Bartley of Leeds United gestures during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.

The Scottish Sun added that Swansea want £5 million for the centre-back, and that should perhaps tempt Rangers to see if there is scope for a potential swap deal to be discussed.

If Rangers are going to lose one of their key men this summer, they should undoubtedly look to bring one of their marquee targets in as part of the deal. 

With Nikola Katic and Connor Goldson already through the door, signing Bartley would see centre-back become one of Rangers' great strengths rather than their biggest weakness which it was arguably threatening to be at the end of last season with David Bates leaving.

Selling Tavernier should be a last resort for Rangers, but perhaps the Gers should not close the door entirely if Swansea are the ones to make a bid and their offer leaves an opportunity for a potential swap deal to be discussed.

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