Rangers are reportedly “set to open contract talks” with captain James Tavernier to extend his six-year stay at Ibrox.

According to the Daily Record negotiations will take place soon, with the 29-year-old’s current deal expiring in 2022.

Tavernier has been out injured since February but he has captained the Gers to a first title since 2011, so is undoubtedly a key part of the squad.

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Steven Gerrard has been delighted with his contribution and Ross Wilson shares the manager’s desire to reward Tavernier with a new contract.

And the pair are said to believe that Tavernier is happy to sign a new deal too.

There are a number of Gers players whose contract expires in 2022, including Connor Goldson, and the Daily Record suggests their futures will be addressed soon.

The news follows soon after Steven Davis and Allan McGregor signed their new deals.

The club has been proactive and turned its focus to contract negotiations after confirming number 55.

And the deal for Tavernier could be the most important of the lot.

It was brilliant to keep the experience of Davis and McGregor but Tavernier will likely attract suitors if he does not put pen to paper soon.

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Unlike the pair above he still has many years left in his career and if we tie him down on a new deal he should stay with us for a few more seasons yet.

He will be vital as we transition into a Champions League side, while his goals and assists will remain important in breaking down Scottish Premiership opponents.

Also, the emergence of Nathan Patterson in recent weeks has been a real positive, and the 19-year-old should get better and better under the guidance of Tavernier.

Gerrard gave him the armband for a reason and he should help Patterson massively on and off the pitch.

Rangers could make a number of signings in the transfer window but getting Tavernier signed may be our best business of the summer.

In other Rangers news, Alan Rough has launched an “incredible” attack on Rangers and arrogant Gerrard.

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