Rangers swoop for Waghorn and Tavernier

Martyn Waghorn in action for Latics at Altrincham last Tuesday
Martyn Waghorn in action for Latics at Altrincham last Tuesday

WIGAN Athletic duo Martyn Waghorn and James Tavernier are understood to be close to joining Scottish giants Rangers.

Rangers, who earlier this summer took Rob Kiernan from the DW, last week failed to land defender Tavernier on the cheap when their first offer was rejected.

But the Evening Post understands Rangers have come back with an improved package that would also see striker Waghorn move to Ibrox.

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.

Tavernier only joined Latics last summer from Newcastle United, 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, meanwhile, 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, but fell down the pecking order last term.

Tavernier has been strongly linked with his former club Rotherham this summer, and it remains to be seen whether news of his imminent exit will smoke out the Millers.