In Focus: Retaining talents like James Tavernier is key to Rangers revival

As reported by The Daily Record, Rangers defender James Tavernier has shut down reports he could be leaving the club this January and has reiterated his desire to win trophies at Ibrox.

What’s the story?

The paper say that he’s been a target for the likes of Sunderland and Reading this month, leading to speculation that he could be leaving Glasgow two-and-a-half years after joining from Newcastle United.

However, the player has been quick to point out he sees his future at Ibrox in what will be a big boost to Graeme Murty and the club’s supporters.

As quoted by The Daily Record, the English full-back said:

I don’t like to get into speculation about my deal. I’m still under contract for another 18 months so I’m really happy here. It’s totally down to the club if they want to extend it. I’ll have to wait and see. However, I’m fully committed to Rangers. I’m still learning here and I’m still growing here. I came here to win trophies. Also, in all the Old Firm games I’ve played, I’ve only been on the winning side once so far. I want to win some more of them. I still have unfinished business as a Rangers player.

Those are words that are likely to go down well with Rangers supporters.

Can the player and his club show Celtic they mean business in the second half of the season?

Rangers revival

What Rangers fans crave most of all is major silverware, something that haven’t managed to achieve over the last few years. In the long-term, it’s only through retaining talents like James Tavernier that this is going to be possible.

The Ibrox side have made some shrewd moves in the January transfer window, but just as important is sorting out the contract situations of established stars.

Danny Wilson is set to leave the club with just six months left on his deal and other players’ contracts run out this summer too.

Tavernier is clearly committed to the Rangers cause and the club should reciprocate and leave him in no doubt he is wanted at Ibrox by handing him a new contract.