Report: Rangers hope to hand James Tavernier new contract

James Tavernier of Rangers scores his sides second goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Europa League Qualifying Round match between Rangers and Shkupi at Ibrox Stadium on July 12,...

Glasgow Rangers are hoping that they will be able to tempt James Tavernier to sign a new contract at Ibrox.

James Tavernier of Rangers scores a penalty during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Aberdeen at Ibrox Stadium on January 24, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

According to a report from the Sunday Mirror (12/08; page 65), Rangers are hoping that they will be able to hand James Tavernier a new contract at Ibrox having managed to keep him away from West Bromwich Albion in the final hours of the English window.

Tavernier has captained the Light Blues for much of the year and has kept the armband following Steven Gerrard's appointment. And his form has vindicated Gerrard's decision. In fact, it is perhaps fair to suggest that the right-back is probably playing his best football right now since he arrived at Ibrox.

 

The Sunday Mirror reports that West Brom attempted to sign the 26-year-old on deadline day south of the border, with the Baggies ultimately making a £4 million bid for the Englishman. Rangers obviously managed to keep Tavernier in the ranks however.

And it appears that Rangers are hoping to make a statement after holding onto him. The Sunday Mirror (12/08; page 65) reports that the Gers are planning to offer Tavernier a new contract.

James Tavernier of Rangers controls the ball during the Betfred League Cup Quarter Final at Firhill Stadium on September 19, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Tavernier only signed a new deal with the Scottish Premiership side in February - as reported by the club's official website - so it would undoubtedly be a major statement of intent to get the right-back to extend his deal further, especially following West Brom's bid.

With three goals scored and barely any conceded thus far, Tavernier appears to be in line to enjoy a fantastic year with the Gers. So Rangers agreeing fresh terms with the defender would undoubtedly be one of the best pieces of business during what appears to have been a fantastic summer for the club. 

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is seen during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Rangers and Wigan Athletic at Ibrox Stadium on July 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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