Rangers boss Ally McCoist believes Chris Hegarty is “more than deserving” of a new contract.
The Northern Ireland Under 21 youngster will become a free agent this summer – but talks have started to prolong the defender’s time at Ibrox
Hegarty – who has made 14 appearances in total this season – is expected to be offered a new contract in the next week.
“If there is one player in the squad who deserves a contract it’s Chris Hegarty,” McCoist said.
“We haven’t had any lengthy discussions with him yet but he has earned the opportunity to get himself a new contract the way he has come into the team and performed. We have to reward the players that deserve new contracts and Chris certainly falls into that category.”
Hegarty admits he “would love” to extend his stay at Ibrox, but insists his only focus is on Saturday’s Scottish Third Division clash with Elgin City.
“To be honest, I’m just taking things week by week and game by game at the minute, but I’d love to extend my contract,” he added.
“I’m enjoying myself playing in front of the fans and I know I’ve just got to keep my head down and keep working hard.
“I just want to keep playing games. We’ve had a busy time over Christmas and New Year when we’ve been playing every three or four days.
“The club will obviously know I can speak to other teams now but I’m hoping something will happen sooner rather than later with a new deal because I don’t want to leave things as late as last season.”