Rangers boss Mark Warburton confirms contract talks with Rob Kiernan

Rangers' Rob Kiernan (R) in action with Hibernian's Daniel Carmichael

Rangers manager Mark Warburton says that talks with Ibrox defender Rob Kiernan over a new deal are underway.

Rangers' Rob Kiernan (R) in action with Hibernian's Daniel CarmichaelRangers' Rob Kiernan (R) in action with Daniel Carmichael

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has revealed to The Daily Mail that talks over a new contract with Rob Kiernan have started.

Earlier this week, The Daily Mail reported that Scottish Premiership-bound Rangers have opened talks with the defender, but he has yet to commit to a new deal.

It was reported that talks between the Gers and Kiernan are going on, and that the Ibrox outfit remain confident of the defender signing a new contract.

Rangers manager Warburton has confirmed the report, claiming that he does not see any problem in the 25-year-old defender putting pen to paper on a new contract.

Rangers' Rob Kiernan (R) in action with St Johnstone's Michael O’HalloranRangers' Rob Kiernan (R) in action with Michael O’Halloran

“Rob has a year left and he has done very well for us,” Warburton told The Daily Mail. “Knowing him, he likes to be settled and he absolutely deserves it.

“We want him here. He's very happy at the club, he enjoys living in Glasgow, he enjoys playing for Rangers and in front of the fans. So I don't see any problems there.”

Rangers' Rob Kiernan (L) in action with Hibernian's David Gray (R)Rangers' Rob Kiernan (L) in action with David Gray (R)

Kiernan joined Rangers in the summer of 2015 after leaving English club Wigan Athletic and has a contract with the Gers until June 2017, according to Transfermarkt.co.uk.

The 25-year-old was an important player for Rangers last season, playing 33 games in central defence.

Rangers will play in the Scottish Premiership next season after winning the Scottish Championship title with ease during the 2015-16 campaign.

The Gers will be expected by many to compete with Old Firm rivals Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title next season.

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