Rangers manager Mark Warburton has issued a strong response to reports that key Gers pair Martyn Waghorn and James Tavernier have rejected new deals at Ibrox, insisting that negotiations are ongoing and the duo are full committed to the club, as quoted by the Herald.
Speculation last week suggested that striker Waghorn and right-back Tavernier, who scored 43 goals between them for Scottish Championship champions last term, had turned down offers of fresh terms.
That appeared to throw their future at Ibrox into doubt, particularly as Warburton has noticeably added more quality to his squad in the summer transfer window.
However, the Gers manager is adamant that these reports are wide of the mark and hit out at the disruptive influence of the speculation, before insisting that the duo are fully committed to the club and are keen to extend their stay in Glasgow.
Warburton told reporters, as quoted by the Herald: "We know the value they give us as a club in terms of their playing capabilities, and they know the value that the club gives them in terms of a showcase for their talents. There are ongoing talks with all players about where we are. They are two top professionals and all negotiations continue.
"Those type of reports come out, they are inaccurate and it causes players who performed so well last season to receive unnecessary negative press. Between the pair of them [they scored] 43 goals.
"They are committed totally to the club, they love being in Glasgow. They couldn't do any more. They are two great characters on and off the field. They have added value on and off the field. So for me it's disappointing that two players of that calibre should receive anything negative in any shape or form."
Both Waghorn and Tavernier are surely likely to start the Premiership season as first choice in their respective positions after superb individual campaigns.
Waghorn hit 28 goals in 36 appearances before suffering an injury which saw him miss much of the second half of the campaign, whilst Tavernier racked up an incredible 15 goals from right-back.