Rangers legend James Tavernier has taken to Twitter after penning a new deal at Ibrox which will keep him at the club until 2024.
By the time the new deal ends Tavernier will have been a Rangers player for nine seasons, a remarkable feat for a player who’d play for nine clubs before finding a home in Glasgow.
Closing in on 300 appearances for Rangers, the Bradford-born right-back has become a fixture of this Gers side and a goliath this season for our team of Champions.
In an emotional message to fans, captain Tav expressed his delight at penning a new contract with the Ibrox club [Tavernier]:
I am delighted to extend my contract at this historic club. As soon as I arrived six years ago, I soon realised how massive this club is. It isn’t a club really-it’s an institution. To captain Rangers to our historic 55th title is a memory I will hold forever. pic.twitter.com/owpal76eaT
— James Tavernier (@James_Tavernier) April 6, 2021
“I am delighted to extend my contract at this historic club. As soon as I arrived six years ago, I soon realised how massive this club is. It isn’t a club really-it’s an institution.
“To captain Rangers to our historic 55th title is a memory I will hold forever.
“It is a privilege and an honour to pull on the famous royal blue, and adding the captain’s armband makes it even more special.
“As we celebrate our 150th anniversary, I am mindful that there is much more work to be done to ensure we uphold the values of Rangers.
“I will continue to strive to be better as a player, captain and make sure we continue to set the standard higher than before. 55 wasn’t the end of the journey, it was only the beginning”
“I’d like to thank the Chairman, The Board, Ross Wilson, The Gaffer, The Coaches, My Team, My Wife & Kids, My Family, John & Louise, My Agent, My Friends and last but not least, You The Fans!
“If it wasn’t for everybody, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”
Needless to say, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house as Rangers supporters lauded their Captain Fantastic after signing a new deal at Ibrox:
You deserve this.
— Heart & Hand Podcast (@ibroxrocks) April 6, 2021
— CJ (@cjnovo992) April 6, 2021
You've been a credit to the club James. Enjoy the new deal and that silverware!
— This Is Ibrox (@thisisibrox) April 6, 2021
I will never forget your first game & goal against Hibs to that volley in the petrofac cup final, goal against Celtic and your many goals and assists to win number 55. You’ve had many ups and downs but trust me, you are a Rangers legend in the making! Stick at it captain 💙
— Lewis McInnes (@LewisMcInnes_) April 6, 2021
The start of something beautiful…Again 💙🔴⚪🔵
— Stevie Souness (@steviesouness) April 6, 2021
Thank you for fulfilling our dreams as well as your own. Legend.
— Frankie (@GersnetOnline) April 6, 2021
Made my day captain😎🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/qIpcBxop58
— Emma Ritchie (@eritchie2204) April 6, 2021
What an absolute hero.
Love ye Skip pic.twitter.com/Tkxwu2HLHX
— 55_Cartel (@Pena_Cartel) April 6, 2021
Congratulations on the new contract and well deserved. You stuck at it through the good times and bad. Thoroughly deserved. Here’s to 56!
— j (@memphis_flash) April 6, 2021
We will hold that memory for ever too. Can't wait to see you lift the trophy 💙
— M Mack (@BatuMack) April 6, 2021
A great Rangers captain https://t.co/tZxNlj3Bt0
— robert taylor (@robertmeractayl) April 7, 2021
Captain. Leader. Legend.
So happy he’s signed a new deal
Just can’t wait to see him lift that trophy now 🏆 https://t.co/29XSaI3Ibk
— 𝚁𝚊𝚗𝚐𝚎𝚛55𝚙𝚊𝚛𝚎𝚜 (@Ranger55pares) April 6, 2021
— Barney Stinson (@Barney010Stinso) April 6, 2021
Somebody is up here cutting onions man 🥺💙 https://t.co/tV3tfQjZso
— Allan Beattie (@AllanBeattie88) April 6, 2021
“Can you see us now?”
— Vanderho55 (@vanderhogg) April 6, 2021
— Garry Carmody (@GarryCarmody) April 6, 2021
Think I’ve got something in my eye 🥲 https://t.co/bRBo0zy1fy
— Dougla55 Dickie (@DouglasDickie1) April 6, 2021
My equivalent of Greig, of Gough. Forever my skipper 💙 https://t.co/oWAb6SfiNg
— James Fo55est (@HeartAndHamez) April 6, 2021
Currently sidelined with injury, Rangers fans will be hoping their captain can get back on the pitch before the season’s end and lift that trophy against Aberdeen in May.
Fans previously expressed delight at Tavernier signing a new deal as the club made the announcement this week.