Rangers have announced that Steven Whittaker and Allan McGregor have agreed long-term contract extensions at Ibrox. Both players have been linked with a move away from Ibrox since the end of last season, after protracted contract negotiations.
Steven Whittaker, was the subject of three bids from Turkish side Bursaspor and news of his impending departure heightened last week after he rejected a deal from Rangers. While McGregor was linked to several English Premier League clubs once again.
But the duo have now ended all speculation and have committed to the Ibrox side, giving new manager Ally McCoist a welcome boost after missing out on three transfer targets this summer already. Whittaker has signed a five-year extension, while McGregor has signed for six years.
The Official club statement read: “Rangers can today confirm that three-in-a-row heroes Allan McGregor and Steven Whittaker have signed long-term deals with the champions.”
Despite the reports of Whittaker rejecting a deal last week, the full back is adamant that he wanted to stay at Ibrox.
He said: “Nothing has changed. There was the matter of negotiating to take care of and I’m delighted we managed to come to an agreement. Signing a long-term deal and committing my future to the club means a lot. It’s fantastic and in the four years I have been here we’ve been successful.
“I have enjoyed winning trophies and I obviously want to continue to deal that with Rangers over the next few years. I wasn’t tempted by Bursaspor. I spoke to the manager about them and he was fully aware they were there so he acted quickly to say I wasn’t for sale. Rangers had no intention of letting me go and I was quite happy with that. I signed a deal here and that proves that.”
And McGregor who has been at Ibrox since he was a teenager, hopes to finish his career with the SPL Champions.
He commented: “I’ve been here all my life anyway and it looks like that’s me a Ranger for good now as I’ll be 35 when this deal ends. There was no hiding the fact I wanted to stay and I’m really glad something has been done and I’ve signed. People said I might be tempted to go to England but I think that was the media who said that because it wasn’t me.
“I never heard anything concrete or anything like that and I never wanted to leave. I only wanted to extend my time at the club.”
Meanwhile Steven Davis has reportedly been offered a new five-year deal to stay at Rangers, however negotiations are still ongoing. Davis has one year left to run on his current deal and his representatives have been in talks with Rangers over the last few weeks. And captain David Weir is also set to sign a 12 month contract extension this week also.