Chris Hegarty has paid tribute to Ally McCoist after the Northern Irishman agreed a new two-year contract with Rangers.
The 20-year-old’s current deal was set to expire at the end of the season but he has agreed to extend his stay in Glasgow.
Hegarty told the Rangers website: “I’m over the moon. It’s a great Valentine’s Day present because I’ve always loved the club so I’m so happy.
“Words can’t say how delighted I am to be staying at such a big club and hopefully I can be part of the journey that gets Rangers back to where we belong.
“I’m so grateful to the manager for giving me the opportunity to show what I can do and without those games I wouldn’t have had the chance to sign this contract.”
Thursday marked the first anniversary of Rangers’ plunge into administration, which subsequently led to liquidation and demotion to the Irn-Bru Third Division.
Hegarty added: “It’s not been nice to see what’s happened to the club in the last year and we were in a very sticky situation.
“I played against Linfield last year and didn’t know what was happening after that and came back without a contract and trained away and was willing to play for the club for nothing at the time.
“I’m glad the club have come past that and there is only one way to look now and that’s to the bigger, brighter picture.”
Boss Ally McCoist told the club’s website: “All the boys deserve a lot of credit for coming through and doing their best to make an impact on the team.
“Chris Hegarty has been one of those lads who has come in and been really, really solid and we can look at him and see just how much it means to him to pull on that blue jersey.
“In this day and age thats really important, especially in our current climate, so he deserves the extension to his contract.”