Derby Chairman Mel Morris has branded high-profile links to Rangers manager Steven Gerrard as “absolute rubbish”.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Morris also claimed that Derby haven’t given up hope of retaining current boss Frank Lampard.
Gerrard’s former England teammate Lampard has been offered the chance to speak to Chelsea, where the former West Ham player is a club legend.
Not that it ever seemed likely to work.
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Gerrard reaffirmed his commitment to Ibrox, describing it as a “privilege” to be the manager of Rangers.
“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,” said Gerrard.
“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 of the biggest clubs you can manage, so nothing has changed in terms of my focus.”
So even if Derby’s interest was legitimate, which Mel Morris claims it wasn’t, Gerrard wouldn’t be interested.
The attention will now turn to who Derby appoint should Frank Lampard move on.
And whoever it is will surely be at Ibrox on July 28