By Richard Parks
Rangers will turn their attention to agreeing new contracts with Josh Windass and David Bates after signing up James Tavernier to a long-term deal, according to a report.
The Four Lads Had a Dream fans blog, which broke a number of Light Blues transfer stories in the January window, broke the news on Monday afternoon that Tavernier, 27, had agreed a new three-and-a-half year contract with the club.
It is said that the right-back will imminently put pen to paper on the deal and Rangers chiefs, led by director of football Mark Allen, will then set about tying attacking midfielder Windass and centre-back Bates to new agreements.
Windass is out of contract in the summer of 2020, while Bates’ current deal expires in the summer.
Both players have been key to the team’s improvement since the end of last year, which has coincided with a series of impressive signings in the January window.
Windass, 24, has played some of the best football of his career this season, scoring 12 goals and supplying eight assists from 30 matches in all competitions.
Bates has taken advantage of injuries to Ross McCrorie and Bruno Alves to establish himself in the heart of the Rangers back four, starting the last four league matches following his impressive Old Firm showing at the end of December.