Thursday, February 9, 2023

Our Opinion On What Is The Minimum Rangers Should Ask From Newcastle & Ashley For Tavernier

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Ayush Chaurasia
Sports Management Graduate. Wannabe sports manager/writer and researcher. If not found disscussing about sports, will be seen talking about movies or tv shows. Miserable rest of the times.

As the transfer window enters its crunch phase, we are seeing more interest from some clubs for Rangers’ players. James Tavernier is said to be a priority target (Daily Record) for Newcastle United, and the new manager Steven Bruce seems keen on him. The Rangers captain had a fantastic last season as he scored 17 goals and provided 20 assists in all competitions. For anyone who does not know what position Tav plays in, wait until you google him.

Therefore it is no surprise to see interest coming from the Premier League clubs. Reports from Daily Mail as cited by Daily Star suggests that Rangers will not be able to reject an £8m bid for the Englishman. With the transfer window for Premier League clubs closing early, one can see some activity from Newcastle in the next few days if they are really interested in Tavernier.

Will Gerrard be right in accepting an £8m bid?

We think that the one who came up with an £8m valuation for Tavernier should be laughed out of the office. It should not be too tough for the manager to refuse an offer like that. The club should look to eke out around £15-18m if possible. However, given it’s Mike Ashley we are dealing with here, why don’t we make the figure an even £20m.

The fullback has also got the experience of playing in the Premier League with Newcastle United before so one might understand if Tavernier’s head is turned thinking of a move. Moreover, he is an Englishman, and he might want to have one more crack at the Eglish top flight after failing to establish himself in his earlier days.

What will be a good thing for Gerrard in this deal?

The deal is unlikely to stretch for long given the fact that Premier League’s transfer window closes on 8th August. Scottish clubs can sign players until September 2nd so Gerrard should have enough time on his hand to look for Tavernier’s replacement if Rangers’ valuation is met. The Gers have been highly efficient and effective in the transfer market as they have wrapped up deals without much of a fuss.

Hopefully, the club have lined up one or two targets as a replacement in the event Tavernier departs. Rangers will need to invest the funds smartly as replacing Tavernier’s attacking output would be a big ask for any defender. Moreover, the Englishman is also the captain of the side. So his leadership will also be missed by the club on and off the pitch.

However, £15 million (assuming that is the price this deal is settled for) should be enough to find a handy replacement. The club also has someone like Jon Flanagan who can play as a right-back which will give the new signing enough time to settle in at the club.

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