Steven Gerrard has criticised Darren Moore and West Bromwich Albion following their pursuit of James Tavernier during the closing stage of the summer transfer window.
Tavernier, Rangers’ captain, was reportedly the subject of a bid from West Brom, who were keen to add the 26-year-old right-back to their playing squad at a late stage of the summer.
However, Rangers rejected West Brom’s approach, which came prior to Gers’ clash with Maribor in the Europa League on Thursday evening.
Speaking to the Daily Record, Gerrard showed his annoyance with Moore and West Brom over their timing of the approach:
“Good players get attention from other clubs. I don’t appreciate that attention 24 hours before a big game. I’d like a phone call off of big Darren (Moore, West Brom boss) at some point.”
West Brom had been keen on Tavernier, who has made almost 150 appearances for Rangers over the last three years.
Moore has had problems with the right-back role during West Brom’s opening two fixtures of the Championship season, which have seen the Baggies pick up just one point from a possible six.
Allan Nyom struggled on the opening day against Bolton Wanderers, whilst Tosin Adarabioyo, on-loan from Manchester City, was far from convincing against Nottingham Forest during the week.
Moore’s approach has clearly annoyed Gerrard, who hasn’t held himself back here with an extremely honest interview.
The Rangers boss is clearly annoyed by West Brom’s approach, which came at a time when Tavernier should’ve been focusing on the Europa League.
The Baggies might have to move to settle any rift between themselves and Rangers.
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