Date: 13th February 2018 at 6:00am
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Rangers full-back James Tavernier has agreed the terms of a bumper two-year extension to his current contract that will keep him at Ibrox until the summer of 2021, Football Insider sources understand.

The 27-year-old is set to be rewarded after a series of fantastic performances for the Light Blues that has made him one of the most influential players at the club.

Manager Graeme Murty confirmed last week that talks with Tavernier were underway as he told the Scottish Sun that the defender “loves it” at Ibrox.

A source close to Rangers has told Football Insider that the new contract is a “lucrative” one that will make the right-back one of the best paid players at the club.

The source added that Tavernier is set to put pen to paper on extended terms – his current deal expires in the summer of next year – “imminently”.

The defender joined the Ibrox giants in 2015 from Wigan and has made 126 appearances for the Light Blues, lifting the Scottish Championship and Scottish Challenge during his time at Ibrox.

Bradford-born Tavernier has formed a fantastic understanding with Portuguese winger Daniel Candeias down the right flank this season and his performances will be rewarded with a wage rise and extension on his current deal.

So far this season, Tavernier has scored six times and contributed 8 assists in his 32 appearances and was named captain for Sunday’s 6-1 demolition of Ayr United in the Scottish Cup.

Getting the defender tied down to a new long-term contract continues the recent move by the Gers to get their best talent secured for the next few years as they look to mount a serious challenge to Old Firm rivals Celtic for the Scottish title.

In other Rangers news, Murty has delivered his verdict on Sunday’s win against Ayr.

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