With James Tavernier understood to be on Sunderland’s January shopping list, Rangers fans have taken to social media in an attempt to convince the defender to stay at Ibrox.
The 26-year-old openly admitted he arrived as “damaged goods” but has regained his confidence and love for the game under Mark Warburton, Pedro Caixinha and now Graeme Murty.
In fact, Tavernier has shown such promise since moving north of the border, that Black Cats boss Chris Coleman is reportedly interested in sanctioning a bid during the January transfer window.
But it seems plenty of Rangers fans aren’t ready to see the back of him just yet, with a few Gers supporters showing their appreciation of the right-back on social media:
I'd be fucking raging if we sold tavernier. We're trying to strengthen as a team not weaken???
— Jamie Stewart?? (@1690Jamie) December 28, 2017
Sunderland's shite @James_Tavernier pass it on.
— CJ (@Cjnovo992) December 28, 2017
James Tavernier should not be for sale. He is one of our most important players!
— Kevin Wakeham ♐️ (@kevinwakeham95) December 28, 2017
— David Dobie (@david_d1984) December 28, 2017
@James_Tavernier you don't want to be back in League 1 next season do you!???
— Iain MacDougall (@imacdougall8) December 28, 2017
Sunderland r a shite club bro stay x
— William Sideserf (@WilliamSideserf) December 28, 2017
Tav, don’t leave, I’ll pay yer wages
— Mitchell ?? (@iMitchHD) December 28, 2017
You don't want to go to Sunderland Tav after playing for Newcastle don't you Tav ??
— Claire Innes (@Innes1690) December 28, 2017
We will end up selling l @James_Tavernier for far less than we should. Replace him with someone who couldn't lace his boots and moan about it. He's one of our best so SHOULD NOT BE SOLD @RangersFC, one of the only ones who we NEED to keep #RFC #RANGERSFAMILY
— Marty (@Mewarty89) December 28, 2017
Here sign a new contract
— William (@WTownsley) December 28, 2017
If rangers do sell Tavernier they do realise we are left with Hodson as our right back? ??
— David Johnston (@davidjohnston54) December 28, 2017
If Rangers let Tavernier go, I’m calling for the sack of whoever thought it was a good idea.
— Sam Sneddon (@samjsneddon) December 28, 2017
I think the guys Personality is also crucial to our dressing room. For the first time in ages, I’d be devastated if he left us. Great player who has grown so much in his time here! @James_Tavernier top guy ??
— SPK (@esspekay) December 28, 2017
With Rangers sitting third in the Scottish Premiership, behind both Aberdeen and leaders Celtic, should Murty be looking to reshape his squad in the New Year?
Or should Tavernier be convinced to stay at Ibrox for the long-term?