James Tavernier opens Rangers contract talks as club consider deals for key duo

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Giovanni van Bronckhorst is also in talks with Alfredo Morelos and Ryan Kent but the club captain, a signing from Mark Warburton in the summer of 2015, is in talks to extend his stay and potentially trigger a rarity in modern football – a testament to a decade of service.

Tavernier insists he is settled in Glasgow for the foreseeable future and fully focused on driving Rangers into the new Cinch Premiership season at Livingston this lunchtime ahead of the Champions League qualifier against Union Saint -Gilloise on Tuesday.

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“I don’t see myself moving anytime soon,” he said. “I’m really happy here, my family is really happy, my kids are happy. I always thank Rangers for giving me a chance.

“The club gave me the basics to go out and do what I love to do – play football. I can play with a smile every week. As long as the club pushes itself and I push myself, I’m somewhere really happy,” he said.

“A testimony, however, would be an incredible achievement. You don’t really see ten years at a club these days. It would be a good idea if that were to happen here,” admitted Tavernier. “It’s a special place, always competing for trophies and playing in the biggest competitions.

“Obviously that’s our goal this season – to get into one of the biggest, the Champions League. That would be another box ticked. We know there’s a lot of work to do, but it’s our objective.

It’s the lure van Bronckhorst is also hoping to entice Morelos and Kent to commit to each player longer now in the final year of their current deals.

James Tavernier is in talks to extend his contract with Rangers. (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group)

“Both are important players loved by everyone inside the club and the fans, they are more than open to extending,” the manager said. “The taste in Europe will help and we are pushing for the Champions League this season which will help and hopefully they sign.”

One player with no future is Niko Katic. The Croatian defender has been told he is free to find a new club and follow Dundee United-linked Glenn Middleton away from Ibrox.

The right-back was the top scorer in the Europa League last season. (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group)
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