James Tavernier should be at the front of the queue as Rangers prepare for a contract bonanza, according to Noel Whelan.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aberdeen striker heaped praise on the 29-year-old for his goalscoring record this season and his leadership ability.

This site revealed Rangers are set to hand out new deals for their title winners at the end of the season.

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Rangers have already earned £8million in guaranteed Uefa income this season and top-up cash is likely to take that beyond £20m.

Tavernier is out of contract at the end of next season and negotiations over all new Ibrox deals had been put on hold until the league title was secured.

That was confirmed on Sunday after Celtic drew 0-0 with Dundee United which means Rangers’ 20-point lead is now unassailable.

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Asked if Tavernier should be the first in line for a new deal, Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “Yes.

“You look at it, he’s the captain of the club, been there for quite a long time now.

“He’s had an extraordinary season in terms of assists, goals and his leadership qualities that he brings.

“Absolutely, I think there will be a few there that Steven Gerrard will want to be there and tie-down on long-term contracts.

“Tavernier is one of them and I’m sure he’ll get a new contract”.

Tavernier is the Gers’ top goalscorer in the league this season with 11 strikes and he has also provided 10 assists.

Across all competitions this season, the Englishman has scored 17 times and contributed 15 assists in 41 appearances.

In other news, Danny Mills has tipped Rangers to dominate Celtic for “three, four years” as they approach a 43-year-old to potentially be their new manager.