I could have signed for Rangers before joining Boro reveals Tavernier
Middlesbrough’s Marcus Tavernier has revealed that he was close to signing for Rangers prior to joining Boro.
Marcus Tavernier moved to the Riverside in 2013, joining the club's academy having been on the books at Premier League side Newcastle United.
The winger has moved up the ranks during his time at the club and has become one of the standout players this season.
His form has attracted the likes of Aston Villa and Newcastle, who are interested in his services.
Speaking to the Daily Record, Tavernier revealed that he was close to moving to Rangers during his six-week trial at Boro.
"Funnily enough, when I was on that six-week trial at Boro, Rangers actually called me up and they wanted me to go there."
"I could have been there before James," he said.
However, the proximity of Boro to his hometown swayed his decision to move to Middlesbrough.
"I planned to go up to Glasgow but Middlesbrough was so close to home and I liked everything about the club."
Tavernier's brother, James, has gone on to have a successful career north of the border and Marcus is hoping to make his name with Boro.
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This season has been one with promise, with the 22 year old netting two goals and four assists in 21 Championship starts.