James Tavernier tweets delight at new Rangers contract

Rangers' James Tavernier celebrates scoring their first goal with Nathan Oduwa (L) and Nicky Law

The Rangers right-back has signed a new deal at Ibrox.

Rangers' James Tavernier celebrates

Rangers right-back James Tavernier has taken to Twitter after signing a one-year contract extension at Ibrox.

The 24-year-old arrived in Glasgow from Wigan Athletic a year ago and has established himself a key man for Mark Warburton's team.

In 51 games for the club, Tavernier has scored an impressive 16 goals - including a sublime effort in last season's Petrofac Cup final victory against Peterhead, which won both Rangers' and the SPFL's Goal of the Season awards.

Rangers' James Tavernier celebrates scoring their first goal with Nathan Oduwa (L) and Nicky Law

While the Yorkshireman's 15 strikes during the 2015-16 season broke John Greig's long-standing record as the most by any Rangers defender in a single campaign.

The Guardian reported earlier this month that Tavernier had turned down the Gers' offer, along with teammate Martyn Waghorn.

Rangers' Martyn Waghorn celebrates scoring their fourth goalCould Waghorn be next to commit?

However, the former Newcastle United man has quickly put the speculation to bed, confirming the news himself on Twitter around an hour before Rangers' official announcement.

"Delighted to sign a new contract at Rangers." Tavernier wrote. "I love this club! I'm really looking forward to the season ahead."

 

It's been a busy week for the Scottish Championship winners, with Leicester City striker Joe Dodoo completing his move to Ibrox and Rob Kiernan and Wes Foderingham both extending their spells at the club.

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