Gerrard issues hands off warning to Tavernier suitors

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has warned clubs interested in his captain James Tavernier that they will have to cough up a serious amount of cash to land the highly-rated right-back.

The 26-year-old defender has been one of Rangers’ best players since moving North of the border from Wigan in 2015.

Rangers rejected the advances of Championship side West Brom during the summer and Premier League outfit Brighton have been heavily linked with making a January move for the talented defender.

However, Gerrard has issued a stern warning to any interested clubs that he will not allow his club captain to leave Ibrox without a fight.

“I know the CEO at Brighton (Paul Barber) very well. I used to work alongside him at the FA. He’s got my number and he knows where I am. But he best go to the owners and ask for an awful lot of money if he wants James Tavernier,” Gerrard told Sky Sports.

“That goes for any CEO, any owner, any club that wants my captain. They best go to the bank and get an awful lot of money out – or he’s not going. I would be surprised if teams don’t come (for Tavernier) because he’s been absolutely fabulous for me. Every player has their price but if the price is not right then he does not go anywhere. He stays as my captain.”

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