James Tavernier admits being linked with a move to Southampton was something he found “flattering”.

The Rangers right-back has been one of the most consistent performers for the Scottish giants since joining from Wigan Athletic in 2015.

He has continued to shine under Steven Gerrard, as Rangers try and stay in touch with rivals Celtic at the top of the Premiership.

Tavernier was constantly tipped to join Southampton throughout the January transfer window, as Ralph Hasenhuttl looked for cover for Cedric Soares.

A move never came to fruition, though, with Tavernier seemingly happy to stay at Rangers.

Speaking to the Daily Echo, the the 27-year-old admits it was nice to be linked with a Premier League club, but Gerrard has given his assurances at Ibrox for the time being:

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It’s always flattering to get linked with a Premier League club.

I am just trying to keep my head down and work hard. Whenever there is a transfer window you’ve always got to be prepared.

But I have committed my future here and looking to keep working for the team. I had a conversation with the gaffer and he wants me here. That’s all you want to hear as a player in any team.

If the gaffer wants you and you feel welcome you will work as hard as possible to repay that faith.

I’m here and want to work as hard as I can for the gaffer.

Tavernier scored a penalty for Rangers on Wednesday night, as Gerrard’s men won 4-2 away to Aberdeen.

It keeps them six points adrift of Celtic, who earned a 2-0 victory at home to Hibernian.