By Dominic Toner

Rangers defender James Tavernier is welcoming the new additions at the club and believes it will make him a better player.

Mark Warburton has added Lee Hodson to his squad, who will be in direct competition with Tavernier for a starting place.

He told the Rangers website: “What brings the best football out of me, is me being challenged.

“Last season, Lee Wallace and I were the only full-backs in the team, and the challenge wasn’t there but we still maintained high standards.”

Tavernier made over 50 appearances for the Ibrox side in 2015-16 but will face competition from Hodson as Rangers begin life back in the top-flight.

The 23-year-old joined from Wigan Athletic in July 2015 and signed a three-year contract. As a youngster Newcastle United were his parent club and he spent time out on-loan at six different English clubs in the footballing ladder.

The youngster made a remarkable name for himself last season as an attack minded full-back, scoring a remarkable tally of 10 goals plus 17 assists in the league alone. Tavernier reflected:

“The style of play we played last season suited me really well and it allowed me to get into good positions to get shots at goal away.

“It was great too to get so many assists and I was proud of that too. My target now is to break the record in the top flight.”

Tavernier and his teammates will now be able to look forward to the start of the Scottish Premiership and boss Mark Warburton has added players like Joey Barton and Niko Kranjcar already this window to add to his squad.

In other Rangers news, they are lining up transfer talks as they eye third premier league signing this week.