Rangers Legend Derek Ferguson Praises James Tavernier Amid Transfer Speculations

Derek Ferguson has heaped praise on James Tavernier, hailing his contributions as “incredible” to the Rangers’ cause.

Ferguson, who himself donned the famous blue jersey, acknowledged Tavernier’s nine-year stint at Govan as nothing short of “brilliant.” With talks of a lucrative move to the Saudi Pro League looming, Tavernier, aged 32, has reportedly become a prime target not only for Steven Gerrard’s Al-Ettifaq, as per reports from [HITC, 14 March].

Reflecting on Tavernier’s potential departure, Ferguson expressed his support, stating that the captain has rightfully earned the opportunity to pursue a move if he desires. “After shouldering the pressure across 450 games for the club, he would leave with the pundit’s ‘blessings’ if the defender was minded to do so,” remarked Ferguson.

Throughout the season, Tavernier has showcased his prowess on the field, currently leading the scoring charts with an impressive tally of 22 goals across all competitions. Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, Ferguson reminisced about Tavernier’s standout moments, particularly highlighting his knack for scoring crucial goals.

“I’ve seen him score some incredible goals. The one at Ross County, I was working, he picks it up inside his own half and you think ‘where are you going?’ Next thing he puts it in the top right-hand corner,” Ferguson recalled, illustrating Tavernier’s remarkable ability to deliver in pivotal moments.

Furthermore, Ferguson commended Tavernier’s willingness to step up in high-pressure situations, particularly when tasked with taking penalty kicks. “Other players you look about and they don’t want to take that mantle, and take that pressure,” noted Ferguson. “He stood up and took that pressure like a good Rangers captain and scored the goals.”

Concluding his appraisal, Ferguson reiterated his admiration for Tavernier’s contributions, stating, “So if he gets the opportunity he goes with my blessings, he’s been brilliant for us.”