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Tavernier rules out Newcastle return

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James Tavernier had been hotly linked with a return to Newcastle United but the full-back says that he has no plans to leave Rangers.

Newcastle United have been monitoring James Tavernier all summer in a bid to provide competition for the likes of Javi Manquillo and DeAndre Yedlin.

The full back spent six years at Newcastle and made just two appearances before leaving for Scottish giants Rangers. Now that he has spent four years at the Ibrox, Tavernier insists that he wants to win trophies for the club and has effectively ruled out an chances of him returning to a club where he was never given a chance to show his potential.

As reported by Daily Star, the Englishman says that his main focus is to do well for Rangers.

“It’s a compliment but all my emphasis is on Rangers,” he said.

“Things can happen but I’m looking forward to this season.

“I’m fully focused on the job here.

And now that he is captaining the side, James Tavernier says that he really wants to end the club’s trophy drought for good.

“It’s been four years now and the lack of silverware has been disappointing. I came to Rangers to win trophies.

“The squad has improved and I’m more than excited to play in this campaign and hopefully we can bring silverware home.

“A trophy win as captain would be the next step.

“I really wanted that as a player, even more now as a captain.”

The news is definitely going to come as a major bit of disappointment to Steve Bruce and the club’s hierarchy. While the likes of Yedlin and Manquillo are great full back options, they lack the necessary leadership skills.

Tavernier on the other hand, has grown a lot during his four years at Rangers and could have been a great asset to the club.