Middlesbrough FC news: Midfielder opens up on Newcastle exit and Rangers trial plus Lewis Wing speculation

Marcus Tavernier of Middlesbrough.Marcus Tavernier of Middlesbrough.
Marcus Tavernier of Middlesbrough. | Getty Images
Middlesbrough midfielder Marcus Tavernier says he could have joined SPL side Rangers before moving to Teesside.

Tavernier, 20, joined Boro’s academy as a 14-year-old after being let go by North East neighbours Newcastle.

The midfielder’s older brother James signed for Rangers in 2015, yet Marcus says he could have moved to Scotland before that.

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“Being let go by Newcastle at 14 was a big blow to me,” Tavernier told the Daily Record.

“I remember sitting in my bathroom and I cried for half an hour because all I wanted to do was play football.

“My brother spoke to me and told me that if I really wanted it, I had to go out and get it.

“That picked me up, I got the call from Middlesbrough and I haven’t looked back since. Even then, he was giving me good advice.

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“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 planned to go up to Glasgow but Middlesbrough was so close to home and I liked everything about the club.”

Boro man linked with three Premier League clubs

Midfielder Lewis Wing has been linked with a trio of Premier League clubs.

According to TEAMtalk, Bournemouth, Southampton and Brighton are all considering summer bids for the 24-year-old who has scored six goals for Boro this season.

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The report claims ‘Middlesbrough would be loathed to losing Wing but would be hard-pushed not to accept if a sizeable offer arrived at the end of the season.’

After breaking into the first team last campaign, Wing has featured in 30 of 33 Championship games this season.

Morrison set for international debut

New Boro signing Ravel Morrison could make his senior international debut next month after accepting an invitation to join the Jamaican national squad.

Morrison was granted Jamaican citizenship in 2018 but is yet to play a match for the country.

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Dalton Wint, the general secretary of the Jamaica Football Federation, revealed the news ahead of a friendly against Spain in Catalonia on March 30.

Morrison has represented England’s youth teams up to under-21 level.