Rangers captain Lee McCulloch has signed a two-year contract extension to his current deal, which would have expired at the end of this season. The 34-year-old now sees a deal that will keep him at Ibrox until 2015 and takes him to his 37th birthday.
Speaking to the official Rangers website, McCulloch said: “It was a big thing for me not just to stay at Rangers in the summer but to try to help the club back up through the leagues as well. My deal was going to expire at the end of this season so I’m delighted to have reached agreement on an extension which keeps me here for another two years beyond then.”
“We are all desperate to get Rangers back to their rightful place at the top of the Scottish football and we appreciate it is going to be tough to get there. But hopefully we can keep heading in the right direction and build on the progress we have been starting to make.”
McCulloch, was handed the captain’s armband at the start of this season, following a number of high-profile departures over the summer, as Rangers started life in Division Three.
On being handed the armband and the responsibility that goes with the position, McCulloch added: “It has been a huge honour for me to captain this club in the last few weeks and I have enjoyed the responsibility of helping to look after the younger players in our squad.
“I have been really impressed by the way the likes of Lewis Macleod, Robbie Crawford and Barrie McKay have adapted to life as first-team players. Everyone has done really well. Being one of the senior players, it has been important for me to give them the support they have needed and I’d like to think we have all done that.
“I’ve had a lot of help from Lee Wallace in his capacity as vice-captain and him and I, along with the squad, are united in helping Ally McCoist and the coaches take this team forward.”
With striking options limited, manager Ally McCoist handed McCulloch a striking role and that faith has paid off so far, with the former Motherwell man scoring 14 goals this season, in all competitions.
McCulloch won 18 caps for Scotland and began his senior career with Motherwell, before spending six years with Wigan Athletic before Walter Smith brought him to Rangers in 2007.