Rangers shouldn’t get rid of James Tavernier without a ready made replacement

As reported by The Scottish Sun, Rangers are prepared to sell right-back James Tavernier for £4m this summer, as English Premier League side Crystal Palace consider a move for the player.

What’s the story?

Tavernier has been at the Ibrox side for three years now and despite recently signing a contract that will keep him at the club until 2021, he could be set for an exit this summer.

The Scottish Sun report that Crystal Palace are lining up a £3.5m move for the 27-year-old, but Rangers are looking to hold out for a fee in excess of £4m.

Should the Glasgow giants let one of their more consistent performers leave the club so easily, especially considering they recently protected his transfer value with a new deal?

Would they miss him?

There are undoubtedly question marks about Tavernier’s defensive ability and positioning. There have been many goals conceded across the last three years that have resulted from Rangers’ right flank not being covered effectively.

However, the player is also one of the side’s more effective attacking outlets and he is more of an asset to the team than a liability.

His nine goals and nine assists from right-back this season is nothing to sniff at and is a contribution that would not be replaced easily.

The reported £4m could allow Gerrard to invest in other areas of the team, but there’s not really competent enough cover for Tavernier at the club currently and letting him go would weaken the starting eleven, which is the opposite of what the club are looking to do this summer.