If any transfer rumour this summer came as a bolt from the blue, it was the James Tavernier to Man Utd tale.
The immediate reaction is ‘BS’ of course, because why would Man Utd, the giants of English football, possibly be interested in James Tavernier.
Sadly, it actually makes a lot of sense, and shows both how inferior Rangers fans consider themselves to Man Utd, and how valuable in fact we actually are and should remember that.
If Utd have lacked one thing recently, it’s a high-quality deputy to Wan Bissaka. £50M from Crystal Palace and a bit overpriced to say the least, the young RB doesn’t get the assists Tav does, but he’s competent and assured.
Tavernier gets way more goals and assists even at the same level Utd were at last season, of the UEL, but Rangers wouldn’t be able to charge £50M.
There are reports Utd want Kieran Tripper but he’s too expensive for the purpose of competition for Wan Bissaka, and of course he’s England’s first choice while WB doesn’t even have a cap yet.
So enter Tavernier – and in fact the story even existing shows what his stock is like now, and how highly Rangers are being viewed that our captain is being linked with Utd.
He’s being called a ‘low cost alternative’ to Trippier, which means Utd would be hoping to snap him up as a squad player for £5M-£15M, but given his importance to Rangers we doubt Steven Gerrard would entertain anything which isn’t ‘crazy’ money.
The story? Probably real, in fact. The likelihood of selling him? Very low, in fact.
But then if Tavernier sees a chance to join Man Utd, would he be interested?
Only he knows.