Rangers supporters have been in high spirits in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side come from behind to book their place in the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup with a 6-1 thumping of third tier outfit Ayr United on Sunday.
Graeme Murty’s men got the better of Highland League club Fraserburgh in the previous round to set up a meeting with Ian McCall’s side in Ayrshire, and the Scottish League One team threatened an upset when Alan Forrest gave them an 11th minute lead. Yet that only served to spur the Light Blues on as braces from Alfredo Morelos and Josh Windass as well as strikes from Jason Cummings and Jamie Murphy sealed a comprehensive victory for the Scottish giants, thus earning them a spot in the last eight where they will face Falkirk next month.
Subsequently, there have been many thrilled Rangers fans in the Tavern in the last few days, and they are likely to be intrigued by recent comments from manager Murty (via the club’s official Twitter handle), which sheds light on the role Mark Allen is playing with regards to contract negotiations.
The Gers announced on Wednesday evening that defender James Tavernier had penned a new deal with the club, this after a January window which saw the prolific full back linked with Championship duo Reading and Sunderland.
Yet the 26-year-old remained at Ibrox beyond the January 31 deadline and has since signed a new contract, with Murty disclosing that Allen is playing a part in selling the future of the club, both in the short and long term.
GM: I’m looking at Tavernier as the person and the player, Mark Allen is explaining to the players the short, medium and long term vision for the club.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) February 15, 2018
And these comments are likely to intrigue our resident Light Blues fans, who have seen Murty stabilise the club since taking over from Pedro Caixinha in October, thus giving them a platform from which to build in the coming years.
Landlord’s verdict: Confirmation of James Tavernier’s new contract at Rangers was a huge statement of intent from the Scottish giants, what with the 26-year-old linked with a move away in January such have been his efforts for the club.
And manager Graeme Murty has disclosed Mark Allen’s part in such negotiations, suggesting that the director of football is selling the future of the club in the ‘short, medium, and long term’.
And given the instability surrounding Pedro Caixinha’s reign last year, this would suggest that things are very much back on track at Ibrox, and penning Tavernier down to a new deal is a clear indication that things are looking up at the Scottish giants.
Rangers fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!