David Weir’s comments on Rangers star James Tavernier encouraging for Aston Villa

David Weir assistant manager of Rangers is seen on arrival at the stadium prior to the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on December 31, 2016...

Ibrox club Glasgow Rangers defender James Tavernier is reportedly on Aston Villa’s radar.

James Tavernier of Rangers arrives at the stadium prior to the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Motherwell and Rangers at Fir Park on April 07, 2019 in Motherwell, Scotland.James Tavernier of Rangers

Former Ibrox central defender David Weir has suggested to The Scottish Sun that Rangers defender James Tavernier can be a success in the Premier League, and that will be encouraging for Aston Villa.

Weir worked with Rangers right-back Tavernier during his time as assistant manager at Ibrox, and he believes that the former Newcastle United right-back is good enough to play in England.

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Weir told The Scottish Sun about Tavernier: “There’s no doubt James could go and play down in England. He is athletic, his final product is top class and he’s done it consistently. He has great quality and is a great person, too.

“He’s handled playing for Rangers when it has been difficult. He’s come through all the criticism, handled it and kept playing.”

James Tavernier of Rangers celebrates scoring the opening goal of the game with his team mates during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium...

Encouraging for Aston Villa

According to The Daily Mail, Aston Villa are interested in signing Tavernier from Rangers in the summer transfer window.

The Villans will play in the Premier League next season, and Dean Smith’s side could do with a dynamic and skilful right-back like Tavernier.

There will always be scepticism when a player from the Scottish top flight is signed by a club in the second tier of English football or in the Premier League, but Weir’s aforementioned comments suggest Villa need not have any concerns about Tavernier.

According to The Scottish Sun, Tavernier is rated at £10 million by Rangers.

David Weir of Rangers looks on prior to the Betfred Cup Semi Final match between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on October 23, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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