Steven Gerrard has received a huge boost at Rangers this week after it was revealed that James Tavernier has committed his future to Ibrox by signing a new two-year deal.
It was reported recently by the Daily Record that Rangers were confident that the captain would commit to a new deal at Ibrox, with both Gerrard and Ross Wilson extremely keen to keep the 29-year-old at the club. That has proven true, as it was announced by the club on Tuesday that he had signed the contract, which is due to keep him at the club until 2024.
The former Newcastle United defender, who reportedly earns £13,500 per week at Rangers, has been in phenomenal form so far this season, contributing 11 goals and nine assists in just 29 Premiership appearances, resulting in a superb 7.76 WhoScored average rating – which comfortably ranks him as the best performer in the Scottish top flight so far this season.
The likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Everton were linked with a move for the right-back earlier in the campaign, and with his previous contract set to expire at the end of next season, there were perhaps concerns that the Englishman could have departed for a relatively low fee in the near future.
However, Tavernier was clearly keen to stay at Ibrox after the title success this season, having undoubtedly enjoyed the best spell of his career in Scotland.
Since joining from Wigan in 2015, the defender has made 284 appearances for the Light Blues, contributing an impressive 63 goals and 89 assists, so it is no surprise that he is keen to stay and perhaps finish his career at Ibrox.
Gerrard has already seen Allan McGregor and Steven Davis sign new deals with the club recently, but ensuring that his captain is here next season is arguably the biggest piece of business Rangers will do this summer, as he is a pivotal part of the Ibrox squad.
Earlier this season, the former Liverpool captain was full of praise for Tavernier, saying: “I think he is really close to being at his best.
“Tav is a huge player. He doesn’t get the credit he deserves I don’t think from our own supporters or the credit he deserves from outside.”
Therefore, it seems clear that Gerrard loves having Tavernier as the captain of his side, and it is undoubtedly a huge boost for Rangers ahead of next season that the 29-year-old has signed a new deal.