Rangers boss leaps to defence of South Shields ace Martyn Waghorn and ex-Newcastle star

Martyn Waghorn
Martyn Waghorn

Mark Warburton insists Martyn Waghorn and James Tavernier are committed to Rangers as he showed his own allegiance to the club by extending his Ibrox contract.

The manager and his assistant, David Weir, have signed “significantly improved” contracts and added a year on to their deal sto tie them to Ibrox until 2019.

South Shields-born Waghorn, the former Sunderland striker, and former Newcastle full-back Tavernier are also in talks about extending their contracts and Warburton hit out over reports that they had rejected new deals.

“They have two years left to run,” he said. “I had two years left to run. The nature of the game now, everyone is looking to extend.

“But they are in a good place. We know the value they give us as a club in terms of their playing capabilities, and they know the value that the club gives them in terms of a showcase for their talents. It’s a great combination and both sides will always talk, and all other players will talk as well.

“They are two top professionals and all negotiations continue.

“They are committed totally to the club, they love being in Glasgow. Their children are in school. They couldn’t do any more. They are two great characters on and off the field. So for me it’s disappointing that two players of that calibre should receive anything negative in any shape or form.

“If you read any story inappropriately or incorrectly, you could turn round and say there’s two players being greedy, demanding more money and not happy to play for a club of Rangers’ stature.

“You couldn’t be further from the truth. They are two guys who are committed to what they do. They want to get better, they are high-quality young professionals who aspire to be the best they can be every single day.

“Watching Tav and Waggy work every day, I know how focused they are. So to receive this type of negative press is unjust.”