By Joe Ellis

25th Jul, 2022 | 3:10pm

James Tavernier gives three-word response to Rangers contract question

James Tavernier has spoken vaguely about his ongoing contract talks to extend his Rangers stay during an open training session at Ibrox.

With the new Scottish Premiership season starting on Saturday (30 July) against Livingston, Giovanni van Bronckhorst took his squad in front of the fans as the club welcomed in the new campaign.

Former Gers striker Kris Boyd was on the microphone and talking to various players as well as the manager for the fans’ entertainment and he couldn’t resist asking the all-important question.

“Have you signed this new deal yet?” Boyd asked over the tannoy at Ibrox and Tavernier responded coyly with “still in talks,” before Boyd added, “We don’t want you to go.” [Heart and Hand]

90min reported on 23 July that Tavernier’s extended stay in Glasgow was going to be announced at some point before the opening game of the new season but the 30-year-old wouldn’t be drawn into spilling the beans.

Captain fantastic

There isn’t a person associated with Rangers that doesn’t love Tavernier and what he has done for the football club since he joined and that love will only grow if he signs a new deal.

There is not a better attacking right-back anywhere in the world in terms of output of goals and assists and it has become a real weapon for van Bronckhorst and the managers that came before him.

It takes so much pressure off the strikers when there are other players capable of easily scoring double figures in a season and while many of these come from the penalty spot, Tavernier has proven that he can do that year in, year out.

If he were ever to leave Ibrox, the Bears would find it extremely difficult to replace him both as a player and a person who has led the club back to the top of the Scottish football hierarchy.

In other Rangers news, there is yet more positive contract news from the open day with van Bronckhorst making an exciting admission.