Rangers have been boosted by the news that rising star Jamie Ness has signed a two-year contract extension.
The 20-year-old is one of the most exciting youngsters at Ibrox and he is now tied to the SPL champions until the summer of 2015.
Ness has made seven league appearances under Walter Smith this season and Gers' tactician is delighted to have extended his stay.
Smith knows the young talent has been hampered by injuries in recent seasons and believes that when he is fit he is an asset to the club.
"Jamie has signed a new contract and we are very pleased about that," Smith told the club's official website.
"He has shown in the games that he has played for us this season that he has a very bright future so we are delighted to get him tied up on a new 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.
"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.
"It's always good when a young player comes in and enhances your group. He has done that and I'm sure he will do it again."