James Tavernier Rangers captaincy successor picked by Philippe Clement

James Tavernier has been Rangers captain since 2018
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Jack Butland will reportedly be named the new captain of Rangers - if James Tavernier leaves the club.

Tavernier, 32, has worn the armband since being appointed club leader by Steven Gerrard in 2018. Yet despite his goalscoring heroics from right-back, the Ibrox Hall of Famer has been criticised for his modest trophy haul, having only skippered Rangers to a league title in 2021, a Scottish Cup in 2022 and a League Cup last year.

Tavernier is entering his testimonial year at Rangers but it's believed former boss Gerrard is ready to launch a bid to take him to Saudi Pro-League side Al-Ettifaq. That could see the defender earn a huge pay packet as he enters the twilight years of his career, while Gers would also benefit from a sizeable transfer fee.

And should Gerrard thrash out a deal, the Daily Record claims that Philippe Clement will name Jack Butland as the new captain. While Tavernier's future could lie in the Middle East, Butland's appointment would end talk of a big-money return to England.

The ex-Crystal Palace and Stoke City keeper was voted Rangers Player of the Year after an outstanding debut season between the sticks. Nottingham Forest had a £10million bid thrown out in January but the 31-year-old could now at Ibrox for the long haul.