We’re wary of running with this story, but crucially, it hasn’t been denied by the target of it.
Even more tellingly, said individual hasn’t engaged in social media on any level in around a month, since well before the disaster struck globally.
James Tavernier, under-fire at present for a great number of reasons, has reportedly, according to a very unreliable source, admitted he wants to leave Rangers this summer.
Now, while the source making the explicit claim has history for outright making things up, it’s also not a hard outcome to conclude with that Tavernier, feeling the heat considerably, has had enough, and wants to move on.
The reason he always claimed transfer speculation was nonsense was that he was happy at Ibrox, and happy with the fans.
Every time a new story linking him away surfaced, he’d appear on social media reassuring supporters it was all piffle.
Not this time.
This time he’s been gone since the Braga win in Portugal, and we have to say the man has always been quick to post when things go well, but not so quick when they’re not.
Of course, there’s mitigating circumstances, circumstances it’s impossible to get away from right now, but there’s also little doubt as a whole Rangers fans’ patience with Tavernier appears to have run out.
We want to be fair: Tavernier’s overall stats this season are actually pretty good. 43 appearances, 15 assists, 3 goals. That’s in all competitions. He’s joint fifth in the SPL but has only one in 9 matches in Europe since the qualifiers.
He has just 3 this calendar year, which, in his defence, is more assists than Morelos has goals in 2020.
But when his manager failed to defend his job as captain, following the program notes fiasco, we got a distinct feeling Tavernier fell out of love with the club and fans as much as vice versa.
This is not and never has been to say we don’t like him – we just never favoured his utter invulnerability to rotation, and the complete waste of signing Matt Polster who’s a very decent alternative. And the waste of never giving young Nathan Patterson a shout.
Anyway, Tavernier’s time at Ibrox does look like as long as a decent offer comes in, it’s over. It’s been claimed we’ll take £4M for him. Most fans would bite your arm off for that now.
And we must say we’ll be glad to move on from all this.