Foderingham and Tavernier post messages and photos on Twitter as Rangers begin pre-season training

Rangers' James Tavernier celebrates

Rangers stars have returned to training this weekend ahead of the new season.

Rangers' Wes Foderingham (R) in action with Hibernian's Martin BoyleRangers' Wes Foderingham (R) in action with Hibernian's Martin Boyle

Rangers are gearing up for their big return to the Scottish Premiership - and players were back in training this weekend as preparations are ramped up.

The Gers enjoyed a dream first season under Mark Warburton, winning the Scottish Championship at a canter with just five defeats in 36 games, before also clinching the Petrofac Training Cup with ease.

Rangers' James Tavernier celebrates

Add in a Scottish Cup semi-final win over Old Firm rivals Celtic and a final appearance against Hibernian, and it's been a whirlwind year for Rangers and manager Warburton.

The next 12 months promise to be fascinating too, as Rangers are now back in the top flight for the first time since 2012 - and preparations are well underway.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates at the end of the match

New signings have been made in Clint Hill, Matt Crooks, Josh Windass, Jordan Rossiter and Joey Barton, and Warburton will be keen to add more new faces as Rangers look to challenge Celtic in the top flight.

Off the pitch, Rangers are heading in the right direction, and now preparations on the pitch are shaping up after the players returned for pre-season training this weekend.

Ibrox stars Wes Foderingham and James Tavernier both took to Twitter this evening to post messages and photos to fans after their training sessions, with goalkeeper Foderingham suggesting 'the hard work starts now', whilst right back Tavernier is simply pleased to back in training again after a short break.

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