Todd Cantwell sent Rangers warning as potential exit leaves gaping hole to fill

Rangers midfielder Todd Cantwell
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Todd Cantwell has been told he must step up to the plate by delivering more goal contributions if James Tavernier quits.

Tavernier, 32, has been heavily linked with a life-changing move to Saudi Arabia this summer as Steven Gerrard eyes a reunion at Al-Ettifaq. The defender is entering his testimonial year at Rangers but a parting of ways could be on the cards if Gers receive a big-money offer.

However, the right-back's departure would leave a massive hole in Philippe Clement's team, with the defender contributing a staggering 24 goals and 12 assists across all competitions last season. That's more than Cantwell (eight goals, seven assists) and fellow playmaker Tom Lawrence (three goals, three assists) combined and Kenny Miller has warned the duo they'll be under pressure to fill the void.

Miller told Clyde Superscoreboard: "They won't be coming from a right-back. I think the strikers might be pretty happy, the fact they might get back on the penalties and get their numbers up. What it does mean is that winger, definitely your Todd Cantwell and Tom Lawrence types, your 10s and attacking 8s, they need to be chipping in with more.

"That's a LOT of goals to be losing. If Tavernier does leave Rangers, it's not just the number of goals... it's the big goals. Just look at this season, Old Firm goals, Cup final winning goals, he's been a go-to guy in that Rangers team so it will be a massive hole if he leaves."