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David Weir agrees new Rangers contract

David Weir celebrates at the end of last season
Weir captained Rangers to a league and League Cup double

Captain David Weir has agreed a new one-year contract as Rangers insist they have no intention of selling Madjid Bougherra or Danny Wilson.

Doubts surrounded the future of all three defenders, but 40-year-old Weir has followed manager Walter Smith's example by remaining at Ibrox.

Chief executive Martin Bain said: "We were always hopeful that he would agree to play in the 2010/11 campaign."

Bain said he hoped Bougherra and Wilson would also remain at the club.

Bougherra had been linked in the media with a move away from the Scottish champions after fine displays for Algeria at the World Cup finals.

"The fans are probably fed up reading about speculation over Madjid Bougherra, but I can categorically state that it is not our intention to sell him," Bain told Rangers' website.

There is little doubt that David Weir has become a great Rangers captain

Rangers chief executive Martin Bain

"He still has two years left of his contract with us and we certainly hope he is with us for the start of the new season."

Liverpool had an offer for Wilson turned down after the 18-year-old rejected a contract extension with Rangers.

"Danny Wilson is also under contract for another season and, although he has turned down a new contract with us, he remains our player," said Bain.

"We want to have as strong a squad as possible for the new campaign and having both of these players will undoubtedly give us good strength at the back."

Weir had been expected to remain at Rangers if Smith continued in post after his side retained the Scottish title.

Smith agreed to remain for a final season and Weir's decision follows fellow defender Kirk Broadfoot's move to sign a new three-year contract last week.

It's great news," Bain said of Weir. "There is no doubting his importance to the team and his influence on those around him.

Madjid Bougherra and Danny Wilson
Bougherra and Wilson have been linked with transfers from Ibrox

"Davie's professionalism and leadership qualities make him a superb role model and there is little doubt that he has become a great Rangers captain.

"It's remarkable to think that Walter signed him initially in January 2007 as a stop-gap measure to steady the defence.

"Now here we are, three and half years, six trophies and a European final later and Davie is still as important as ever.

"He did not miss a minute of our championship campaign last season, which is testimony to the terrific condition he keeps himself in."

Weir confirmed that Smith's decision had played a big part in his own.

"At the end of last season, I spoke to a few people and always felt I would come back, but until everything is confirmed you don't want to say too much as there is still an element of doubt," he said.

"But it's nice to know that everything is sorted out and I can look forward to pre-season and preparing for the new campaign.

"It's great also that the manager has stayed on board for another year and that was a big factor in my decision.

"I have a great relationship with him and all the players will be desperate for more success in what will be his last year."

Weir refused to speculate on when he is likely to retire.

"I don't tend to look too far ahead, I prefer looking at the short term as opposed to the long term," he added.

"I'm not going to shut any doors right now or say anything I might regret in the future."



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