Scottish Premiership challengers Rangers could lose captain James Tavernier with Premier League clubs keeping close tabs on the right-back.

Former Rangers manager Mark Warburton has admitted to the Daily Record that he is still fielding phone calls from rival managers interested in signing his former Ibrox captain James Tavernier, according to the Daily Record.

Rangers’ number two has found himself under fire recently with some sections of the fanbase blaming him for two dropped points at Hearts on Sunday, just weeks after he cost Steven Gerrard’s side dear in the Europa League defeat to Young Boys.

But a couple of mistakes will not stop Tavernier from being a man in demand once again in the January transfer window with countless Premier League clubs having taken an interest in a full-back who continues to produce an exceptional tally of goals and assists.

The one-time Newcastle United youngster has 28 assists to his name since the start of last season.

And Warburton, who brought Tavernier to Rangers from Wigan in 2015, believes that his former club have a massive challenge on their hands if they want to keep hold of their influential skipper.

“I know for a fact there is a lot of interest in him down here. I hear people talk and I’ve had a lot of phone-calls from managers at other clubs who are asking me about him. I always give them my honest opinion,” said Warburton, who is now working wonders at Queens Park Rangers.

“But this is not a new thing. It’s been going on for a long time now. A lot of Premier League clubs have been watching him because they know how good he is.

“He’s a very talented boy. Yes, everyone has areas that can be improved but Tav is an outstanding asset and a top class professional. He deserves nothing but respect.”

Warburton’s final comment feels like a less-than-subtle dig at the Rangers fans who are so keen to focus on the weaknesses in Tavernier’s game rather than the strengths.

The Mail reported in July that Aston Villa, West Brom and Brighton were all interested and they are just three of the clubs who have been linked in the last 18 months.

 

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