JAMES TAVERNIER has committed his future to Rangers by penning a three and a half year deal with the club.

The full-back, who captained the club for the first time on Sunday in the Scottish Cup, has extended his stay until the summer of 2021.

Tavernier first joined the Light Blues in July 2015 from Wigan Athletic and made an immediate impact, netting on his debut against Hibernian in the Challenge Cup. His free-kick that day was a taste of things to come as he racked up 15 goals in his first season with the Gers.

His strikes, including the 2014/15 Goal of the Season, were a club record for a defender, beating John Greig and Sandy Jardine’s previous record of 14 in one campaign.

The right-back was part of the 2015 Championship winning side and has now made 126 appearances for Rangers, scoring 23 goals.

He scored just two last season but has already hit six this term and chipped in with six assists, making him one of the best performers in the Premiership.

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