Steve Evans insists Premier League clubs in England HAVE tried to snare James Tavernier from Rangers.

But he insists the full-back won’t leave because he loves it so much at Ibrox.

Tav signed a new contract last week that will keep him at the club until 2024.

And Scots gaffer Evans said: “I believe Premier League clubs have come in for James. I’ve spoken to four or five bosses who wanted a character reference on him. That’s just in the last six months.

“But James loves being at that club. Some days when he’s out for a run, he’ll go past Ibrox – just to have a look at the place.

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“He’d never say that in public but that tells you how much the kid loves it there.”

Evans, a big Celtic fan, admits he knew Rangers were going to end his club’s bid for 10-in-a-row when Steven Gerrard boosted his squad last summer.

The former Leeds boss said: “It was hard for me to tell my family in Glasgow that I thought Rangers would be champions.

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Steve Evans is delighted for former player Tavernier

“But that was based on their recruitment.

“I knew all the players Rangers were getting because I’ve come across them as a manager in my own career.”