In Focus: Warburton wants him, would Rangers miss James Tavernier?

As reported by The Daily Mail, ex-Rangers manager Mark Warburton is set to return to the club this summer to try and sign James Tavernier for new club Nottingham Forest.

What’s the story?

Warburton dramatically left the Gers in February in an acrimonious episode that saw accusations flying about what exactly the circumstances of that departure were. The fact the ex-Ibrox boss eventually turned up at Forest has confirmed most Rangers supporters’ suspicions about Warburton’s desire to leave Rangers, meaning there’s no love lost there.

Now Warburton has one last sting in the tail for fans, set to move on a player that has been a key part of their starting XI for almost two years.

The Mail reckon Nottingham Forest are in for James Tavernier and are eyeing up a summer move. The defender was almost ever present under Warburton and was clearly a favourite of his.

If he does move, what does it mean for Rangers?

Would Rangers miss him?

James Tavernier has been an integral part of the Gers’ first team since he joined in 2015 but has come under criticism in recent months for what fans perceive to be less than committed performances.

Many also feel he lacks the defensive discipline to be an effective full-back in the Scottish top-flight. However, his attacking attributes are undeniable and he often finds himself in good positions in the opposition third, able to combine with the Rangers frontline.

With Caixinha’s preference to play high pressing, attacking full-backs, there seems to be a definite role for Tavernier at Ibrox going forward and as such it would be a blow if he decided he wanted to ditch life in Glasgow and move to Nottingham Forest to be reunited with Warburton.

Rangers have a say too of course but they may decide to pursue the likes of Hearts’ Callum Paterson, who is shortly available for just compensation money, and bank the cash they could get for Tavernier.