Tavernier bid rejected by Latics

James Tavernier in training with boss Gary Caldwell

James Tavernier in training with boss Gary Caldwell

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WIGAN Athletic have rejected an offer from Rangers for defender James Tavernier, the Evening Post understands.

The Scottish outfit have already taken centre-back Rob Kiernan from the DW this summer for around £200,000.

But their bid to land Tavernier on the cheap has been thrown out by Latics chiefs.

Tavernier endured a troubled first campaign at Wigan following his arrival from Newcastle last summer.

After struggling to break into the first team, he was loaned out to League One outfit Bristol City in January.

The 23-year-old helped the Robins to win promotion to the Championship - ironically replacing Latics in the second tier.

It was the second time in succession Tavernier had won promotion from League One, having helped Rotherham go up the previous campaign during a loan spell.

The Millers have also been linked with his signature this summer, but for the time being he remains a Wigan player with the new season little over three weeks away.