Between The Lines: Tavernier flattered by January exit links

As reported by the Evening Times, James Tavernier has addressed transfer rumours linking him with a return to English football.

So what did he say?

The Rangers captain spoke of his passion for playing for the Ibrox Stadium club, insisting that he is committed to playing for Steven Gerrard’s side as they hunt down the Gers’ first Scottish Premiership title since 2011.

However, the 27-year-old right-back has admitted that “it’s always flattering to get linked with a Premier League club.”

He continued to state that “I love life up here and my family love life up here so I’m really comfortable.”

Whilst Tavernier certainly seems settled in Glasgow – and the skipper has the affections of the Ibrox faithful – serious interest from a Premier League club could seemingly test his resolve.

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What he meant

With his comments, the defender has reaffirmed his commitment to the Rangers cause, but at the same time he has left the door slightly open for a move back to England. 

The right-back has previously represented Newcastle United in the Premier League but only got a couple of first team chances at St James’ Park. The majority of his career in England was spent on loan stints with lower division sides such as Gateshead, Carlisle United, Sheffield Wednesday and Shrewsbury Town, amongst others.

Bradford-born Tavernier may feel that he has unfinished business in England, and the Premier League especially. He could, then, be tempted to give up on Rangers in favour of a second chance in the English top flight before the end of his career.

Article title: Between The Lines: Tavernier flattered by January exit links

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