Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 2 August 2014

Davis set to extend Rangers stay as Ortiz signs in

On the day that Spanish midfielder Juan Manuel Ortiz joined Rangers, Steven Davis has given a heavy hint that he is set to extend his current deal at Ibrox, which has a year to run.

Asked about negotiations, the Northern Ireland midfielder said: “(They are) still ongoing. I think it's just a matter of getting things sorted and hopefully getting things done and dusted.

“I'm not sure how long (it will take), I wouldn't put a timescale on it but obviously I'm happy here so hopefully we will get something sorted out.”

New boss Ally McCoist certainly appeared to believe Davis would be signing an extended contract when he discussed the long-term deals handed this week to goalkeeper Allan McGregor and utility player Steven Whittaker.

“The players asked for it (long deals) and from where I was sitting it was a tremendous level of commitment,” he said.

“It was a fantastic opportunity for them to, hopefully, finish their careers at the club.

“Arguably they have the best years ahead of them so from the club's point of view it was a no-brainer.

“In all honesty the three players have been part of the spine of the team that has been successful in recent seasons and it is going to cost you a fortune to replace them if you lose them.

“So, I am genuinely thrilled the players have decided to stay and pledge themselves to the club for the long-term.”

McGregor and Whittaker have signed new six and five-year deals respectively

Ortiz, the 29-year-old from Almeria yesterday signed a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

McCoist's first signing since he succeeded Walter Smith as manager joined up with his new team-mates before flying out from Glasgow for their pre-season trip to Germany.

“I think the fact that he can play a number of positions was a big thing. He probably runs Steven Whittaker close,” said McCoist.

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