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Rangers' James Tavernier commits to three more years as Dodoo joins Ibrox influx

By Ronnie Esplin

Published 22/07/2016

James Tavernier
James Tavernier

James Tavernier has become the latest Rangers player to sign an extended contract.

The right-back has added a year to his current deal to commit himself to Ibrox until the summer of 2019.

The 24-year-old hit 15 goals for Rangers last season after joining from Wigan and netted on Saturday as Mark Warburton's team opened their campaign with a 2-0 League Cup win at Motherwell.

Goalkeeper Wes Foderingham and defender Rob Kiernan also signed extensions this week - following the lead of skipper Lee Wallace earlier this summer.

And Martyn Waghorn is also expected to follow suit in the coming days.

The business sees Warburton continue making long-term plans for Rangers after completing his ninth summer signing this week when he brought in Joe Dodoo from Leicester.

The 21-year-old striker could make his debut when Rangers face East Stirlingshire in the League Cup tonight.

Warburton - who will make a number of changes at Ochilview after the 2-0 win over Annan - said: "Joe is a young player with lots of qualities, lots of attributes, and if he trains well and makes an impression he will get his chance.

"That has to be the case. There is no pre-agendas. If a player comes in and works hard and delivers in training, they will get their opportunity.

Even if Warburton fails to land the extra striker and centre-back he is looking for, he says his recent business has been more than satisfactory.

"So far it's been an outstanding summer in terms of getting that balance right," he said.

"We're looking for that depth, that quality, that spark we may currently lack. But we're delighted. The players are starting to gel and the fitness levels are starting to fall into place.

"What we won't do is just add numbers for numbers sake. They have to have something we don't currently possess."

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