Redknapp faces a tough trip to Sunderland in his first English Premier League encounter as Rangers boss and has said that players such as Taarabt can play a big part in helping QPR beat the drop this campaign.
These two have worked together in the past in Redknapp’s Tottenham Hotspur days and he ending up selling the Moroccan to the West London club.
However, the new man in charge at Loftus Road believes there are no hard feelings between him and the 23-year-old, but said he must work harder on the pitch.
The winger’s future at QPR has come under some doubt over recent weeks, with teams such as Arsenal reportedly interested in landing his signature.
But Redknapp says he will not be selling Taarabt, calling him a ‘match winner’. He is certainly a massive talent that Rangers do not want to be losing in January.
Much is sure to depend on the former Spurs player’s form between now and the window – if he does not put the effort in that is needed, then maybe he will be on his way.