Tavernier and Waghorn comment on transfers after completing Rangers moves today

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Rangers have snapped up James Tavernier and Martyn Waghorn.

Rangers have today completed the permanent signings of Wigan Athletic duo James Tavernier and Martyn Waghorn on three-year contracts.

Having already added Wes Foderingham, Rob Kiernan, Danny Wilson and Andy Halliday, new manager Mark Warburton has dipped in to the transfer market again today.

Former Newcastle right back Tavernier and ex-Sunderland forward Waghorn have both penned permanent deals at Ibrox, having suffered relegation to League One with Wigan Athletic last term.

Tavernier, 23, is likely start in defence alongside Kiernan, Wilson and Lee Wallace, and told the club's official website that his relationship with Kiernan helped him make the move to Glasgow having played alongside the centre back at Wigan.

"Rangers are a massive club and as soon as there was interest there was no thinking about it," said Tavernier. "As soon as I spoke to Mark he had already sold it to me, the way he wants to go and the way he wants to play fitted my football."

"Another big factor in my decision was Rob being here, I played with him last season and we get on really well. One of the first things he said, when we were speaking to each other today, was that he’d have me back on his right hand side now, which is great."

"We know each other, we can play with each other and we are comfortable with each other so that will hopefully be a great partnership throughout the years and the fans will see that grow," he added.

Meanwhile, 25-year-old forward Waghorn discussed his delight at making the move to Rangers on the club's official website, adding that the chance was too good to turn down.

"It’s a very proud day for me both in my life and in my career," said Waghorn. "This is a great opportunity for me at a great club. I know a lot about the history and some of the players that have played here, and hopefully I can help the club to get back where it belongs."

"Everyone knows about Rangers, where it has been and what it has been through. I feel I am ready to come to a club of this size, I am ready for the challenge, and hopefully I can help to push the club back to where it once was. I’m excited and it was too good an opportunity to turn down," he added.

Football League knowledge

Former Brentford boss Warburton obviously has an extensive knowledge of the Football League, and his signings so far have demonstrated that.

Warburton has brought in Foderingham from Swindon Town, defender Kiernan from Wigan, winger Halliday from Bradford City and now two Wigan players.

There me an adjustment period in Scottish football, but all of those players have proven themselves in England - and Rangers fans should be happy with their latest deals.

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