The Scotsman has published an interview with former Newcastle right-back and current Rangers captain James Tavernier.
James has been recently linked with a move back to Newcastle. Though, the player may be slightly outside of Newcastle’s current transfer policy of only buying player 26 years old or younger. James will turn 28 in October.
He has developed into a top player and leader in Scotland. James had an outstanding year last year producing 17 goals and 20 assists at Ibrox last season. His offensive production does come with some defensive liabilities, however.
James Tavernier– Please bring me back!
This is what James has said in the Scotsman about the upcoming season, his hopes for a trophy, and the recent link to Newcastle:
“The lack of silverware has been disappointing. The reason I came to Rangers was to win trophies.
“The squad has improved from last season, I’m more than excited to play in this campaign and hopefully we can bring silverware home this season.
“Being captain, winning a trophy would be the next step. I really wanted that as a player even more now as a captain. It’s been a long time coming – hopefully we can now do that.
“I have always believed in my quality, even when I was younger. With the clubs I was at, Newcastle and Wigan, it didn’t work out for me.
“Rangers gave me a chance. The club have shown faith in me. I have been trying to repay that favour ever since which means working harder, getting better and better.
“It’s a compliment to be linked to other clubs. I see it. But all my emphasis is on Rangers. Things can happen in football, of course, but I’m looking forward to this season.
“It’s all speculation. If it stays like that then I don’t get upset about it. I’m fully focused on the job here.
These comments are about what you’d expect from a player with links elsewhere. He seems committed enough to Rangers but you would have to think that at this stage in his career he might be ready to test himself at the top level.
James would be an excellent acqusition for Newcastle at the right price of around maybe £10m. He could do a job at right wing-back and would be an upgrade to DeAndre Yedlin who is decent going forward but also has defensive deficiencies.
What we really like about James though is his leadership and having as many leaders on the team as possible is going to be vital for Newcastle this season.