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Senior duo drop hints about future as they weigh up Rangers offers

By Dominic Toner

Rangers defender James Tavernier insists that he and his team-mate Martyn Waghorn want to stay at Ibrox.

The senior duo recently rejected new contract offers from the club as they were unhappy with the terms of the deal.

But Tavernier has invited that the pair have no plans to quit the Scottish giants.

He told the Daily Record: “Me and my family love it here and I know that Waggy (Waghorn) and his family absolutely live it up in Glasgow too. We see our futures at Rangers and I’m sure it will get sorted out soon.

“We love it here and we’re working as hard as possible to become better players and make Rangers a better team. It’s just normal contract negotiations. This happens up and down the country no matter what club you’re at.

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Rangers will be keen to sort out the future of both Waghorn and Tavernier, who were star performers last season as Rangers cantered to the second-tier title and reached the Scottish Cup final.

Waghorn, a former Sunderland and Wigan striker, scored 28 goals in all competitions despite suffering an injury in mid-February which left him out of action until May.

The 24-year-old right back Tavernier scored 15 times and added 23 assists in all competitions last campaign as he excelled in an attacking sense.

Manager Mark Warburton has already been very busy in this transfer window and recruited Niko Kranjcar, Matt Gilks, Clint Hill, Joey Barton, Jordan Rossiter 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 Scottish giants are now closing in on a deal for Leicester forward Joe Dodoo who is in advanced talks with the club.

Despite the arrival of several high profile names the club will be desperate to secure the futures of Tavernier and Waghorn.

In other Rangers news, they almost signed a 2-time Ballon d’Or winner with an incredible offer.