By Alex Stevens

Rangers defender James Tavernier has signed a contract extension with the club, it was confirmed on Thursday night.

The right-back has added a year to his current deal to commit himself to Ibrox until the summer of 2019.

Tavernier and his team-mate Martyn Waghorn both rejected new deals earlier this month but he has now settled his issues in contract negotiations.

The 24-year-old already had an existing deal until 2018 but has now assured anxious fans that he will be staying at Rangers.

Tavernier played in every league game during the 2015-16 season for Rangers and starred in 50 encounters where he scored 15 goals and provided 23 assists assists from his full-back position.

He will be expected to play a leading role in the team as they prepare for the top-flight of Scottish football, after convincingly winning the Scottish Championship last season.

Manager Mark Warburton has been keen to improve his squad in the transfer window and has recruited Niko Kranjcar, Matt Gilks, Clint Hill, Joey Barton, Jordan Rossiter, Joe Dodoo and Lee Hodson to his squad.

Former Accrington pair Matt Crooks and Joshua Windass have also arrived after they signed pre-contract agreements in January.

The manager may now hope that their top goal scorer from last season Waghorn follows Tavernier and ends speculation about his future.

In other Rangers news, a rival player has claimed that the club are no better than an English League One side.