Updated: Latics duo complete Rangers moves

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WIGAN Athletic duo Martyn Waghorn and James Tavernier have both completed moves to Rangers.

The pair join the Ibrox outfit for undisclosed fees.

Jason (Pearce) strained a muscle high up in his thigh, which we thought was going to be a long-term problem

Gary Caldwell

The Latics squad traveled up to Scotland today to continue their pre-season preparations with a short training camp north of the border.

Waghorn and Tavernier, however, were set to be dropped off at Ibrox to put the finishing touches to their joint switch.

Rangers, who earlier this summer took Rob Kiernan from the DW, last week failed to land defender Tavernier on the cheap.

But the Evening Post understands Rangers came back with an improved package that also includes striker Waghorn.

Both players were in the Latics squad that enjoyed a comfortable 2-0 victory at Southport on Saturday afternoon.

Interestingly, though, they were the only two of the 21 outfield players on duty who did not get on the field at some stage.
Reports north of the border this afternoon (Monday) suggest that the pair have undergone at the Scottish side’s Murray Park training complex.

Tavernier only joined Latics last summer from Newcastle, but endured a disappointing debut campaign.

After failing to establish himself in the first-team, he was loaned out in January to Bristol City, whom he helped win promotion from League One.

Waghorn joined Latics midway through the 2013/14 campaign from Leicester City.

He hit the ground running with his new club, nearly helping them win promotion via the play-offs in his first season, but fell down the pecking order last term.

Meanwhile, boss Gary Caldwell admitted his delight at his side’s gradual progression after watching them win 2-0 at Southport.

Latics secured a comfortable victory at Haig Avenue thanks to a brace of own goals either side of half-time.

However, the victory margin could and should have been far greater with the visitors dominating possession and seeing Andrew Taylor and Max Power hit the woodwork.

“I’m really happy, I thought we played well from the start,” Caldwell told the Evening Post.

Caldwell also revealed centre-back Jason Pearce could miss the start of the new season after being cut down with a leg injury.

“Jason strained a muscle high up in his thigh, which we thought was going to be a long-term problem,” the Latics chief revealed.

“It’s still probably going to be three or four weeks.”