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Rangers: Mark Warburton hit the jackpot on James Tavernier

Glasgow Rangers have benefited from a number of impressive signings from the lower leagues of English football in recent years, with the likes of Martyn Waghorn, Allan McGregor, Joe Aribo, Leon Balogun, John Lundstram and Tom Lawrence having all made the move to Ibrox from clubs outside of the Premier League.

However, while all of these players have impressed in Glasgow, it was undoubtedly the 2016 signing of James Tavernier that represents the club’s best find from the lower leagues of English football, with the right-back’s £220k arrival from Wigan Athletic very much having been a stroke of genius by Mark Warburton.

Indeed, six years down the line, the 30-year-old defender is now the club captain, has scored an incredible 88 goals and provided a further 111 assists over his 362 appearances and has led the Light Blues to their first Scottish Premiership title for a decade, as well as the Europa League final last season.

His efforts have not gone unnoticed by the higher-ups at Ibrox either, with former Gers boss Steven Gerrard heaping a considerable amount of praise on the 30-year-old back in 2020, stating:

“I think Tav is someone that, when he goes through the gears, he is unstoppable, and we have seen that, or flashes of that so far this season – I think he is really close to being at his best.

“It is great for me to have him as I always know he is there for me. I don’t think he is your typical leader in terms of voice, but to have someone like Connor [Goldson] and Allan [McGregor] behind him, I think they really complement his leadership style.

“But Tav is a huge player. He doesn’t get the credit he deserves I don’t think from our own supporters or the credit he deserves from outside.

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“I think he needs to go and win something as a captain and a leader to really get the credit he deserves but to see him on a daily basis, I am certainly someone who really appreciates him for us.”

And, as a result of his remarkable achievements on the pitch with Gers, the £30k-per-week talent currently boasts an extremely impressive market valuation of £9m – a quite astonishing 3991% increase from the £220k Rangers paid for his services a little over six years ago – making it clear to see that Warburton well and truly hit the jackpot when signing Tavernier back in 2016.