Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has spoken to Sky Sports News about his future amid increasing speculation.
The Daily Record reported on Monday that Derby County have made the Gers boss their number one target, should Frank Lampard leave for Chelsea.
Its claimed they would be willing to pay major money, too. If he opted to move to Pride Park, the 39-year-old would apparently be raking in around £2.5m worth of base salary.
However, there’s more. If he were to steer the Rams to promotion, it’s said he would pocket an £8 million bonus. Lampard was understood to have had the same incentive last season but his side missed out to Aston Villa in the playoff final.
Stevie G is having none of it, though.
“Yes I am aware of it”, he told Sky Sports News, in response to the speculation. “I’m very happy here, it’s a privilege to be the Rangers manager. My focus is on the up and coming season.”
“It’s very similar to when there’s noise around players. I ask the players to stay focused on the job and that is what I will continue to do. There is nothing really to add to that.
“Nothing has changed in my mind. I was very lucky and appreciative of the opportunity I got 12 months ago. I’m delighted to be at Rangers, managing one if the biggest clubs you can manage, so nothing has changed in terms of my focus.”
This will be music to the ears of Bears everywhere. Gerrard has undoubtedly started the Gers on an upward trajectory and many are hopeful that next season will be the time major silverware returns to Ibrox.
All that would be placed in jeopardy if the manager was to leave now.
Yet, it seems as though he’s a committed as ever to the club. Hopefully, Derby will take the hint and look elsewhere if and when Lampard jumps ship.