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Jamie Ness agrees Rangers contract extension

Jamie Ness
Ness, a product of Rangers' youth set-up, broke into the first team in December

Rangers midfielder Jamie Ness has signed a two-year extension to his contract with the Ibrox club.

The 20-year-old, currently sidelined with a groin strain, agreed a new deal in December until 2013 but has now extended it until summer 2015.

Ness made his league debut as a substitute in a 4-1 win over Motherwell in December.

Rangers boss Walter Smith said: "He has a very bright future, so we are delighted to get him tied on a deal."

The Ibrox side have been plagued with injuries in recent weeks, including a groin injury suffered by Ness in the 2-2 draw with Celtic in the Scottish Cup.

He has been hampered by a groin injury recently, but that is clearing up

Rangers manager Walter Smith

Ness netted a sensational opener in the match with just two minutes of the match played and Rangers have rewarded his form with an extension to his current deal.

"He has been hampered by a groin injury recently, but that is clearing up and, everything going well, he might be ready to come back this weekend," said Smith.

"He more than held his own when he came into the team and played exceptionally well for us, so we were really disappointed when he dropped out through injury.

"He had not played a lot of matches in the previous two seasons because of injuries, so after playing half a dozen matches or so for us, we expected some sort of reaction and unfortunately we got it with the groin injury.

"So hopefully, once he gets over that, he can slot straight back in and if his form is anything like it was then it will be a huge benefit to Rangers.

"He is an out and out midfield player. His range of passing is good and he has also shown he has an eye for goal, so we are delighted that he has extended his contract."

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