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Tavernier waiting on new contract offer

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James Tavernier has challenged Sevco to put a new contract on the table.

The defender has attracted interest from Reading and Sunderland during the transfer window and is out of contract in June 2019.

With Martyn Waghorn and Joe Garner earning big money at Ipswich Town the challenge for the Ibrox board is to match or better those terms for the former Wigan ace.

Tavernier has been a regular under Pedro Caixinha and Graeme Murty but has yet to be offered a new contract despite interest from elsewhere.

I don’t like to get into speculation,” he told The Scotsman.“I’m fully committed to Rangers. I’m still learning here and I’m still growing here. I’m still under contract for another 18 months so I’m really happy here.

I came here to win trophies. Also, in all the Old Firm games I’ve played, I’ve only been on the winning side once so far. I want to win some more of them. I still have unfinished business as a Rangers player.

It’s down to the club whether I sign a longer deal here. As I say, I’ve still got 18 months to go. It’s totally down to the club if they want to extend my contract. I’ll have to wait and see.”

With five new players brought in this month alongside the return of Andy Halliday and Micky O’Halloran the Ibrox wage bill has soared.

Losing Danny Wilson and sending Carlos Pena out on loan has made minimal difference to the pay roll with Dave King’s New Oasis Asset Limited keeping the lights on.

Wilson is expected to complete a dream move to Colorado Rapids later today.

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