James Tavernier: Rangers captain signs new deal after English interest

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James Tavernier says he always intended to stay at Rangers despite interest from clubs in England after signing a new four-year contract.

West Bromwich Albion had a bid rejected for the 26-year-old Ibrox captain, who arrived from Wigan Athletic in 2015 and who was out of contract next summer.

However, Tavernier is "delighted" to be prolonging his stay in Scotland.

"There was a bit of interest, but I was focused on working with the gaffer," the right-back told Rangers TV.

"I am delighted to go through the window and still be a Rangers player and I am absolutely buzzing with it."

Englishman Tavernier took over as captain temporarily last season while Lee Wallace was injured, then suspended by the club.

He was then appointed skipper on a permanent basis by Steven Gerrard after impressing Rangers' new manager on the club's pre-season training camp in Spain.

Tavernier started his career with Newcastle United before joining Wigan in 2014. However, he made just 11 Championship appearances before being sold to Rangers.

He has since played 154 times for the Ibrox club, with his penalty kick in Saturday's 4-0 win over Dundee his 25th goal since his move.

"Rangers have always been great for me for giving me the foundation to start playing again and to start my career over again, and I will always hold that closely," he said.

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