Ex-Derby County manager Wayne Rooney has broken his silence after leaving the club with many Rangers fans hoping club captain Tom Lawrence follows suit.
The Man United legend valiantly failed to keep the Rams in the Championship last season amid financial issues, administration and docked points in the division.
Having announced plans to resign from the club last week, Rooney took to social media to send a message to Derby County fans after 18 months in charge at Pride Park.
Describing it as one of the “hardest” decisions of his career, the England legend paid tribute to the club and its fans.
“A massive thank you to all the fans, players, and staff at @dcfcofficial for your support over the last three years,” said Rooney [Instagram].
“This has been one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make in my career. Thanks for taking me in as one of your own.
“Please get behind the next manager and give them what you gave me, trust, loyalty, and unbelievable support. Some great memories I’ll never forget.”
Rangers Derby interest amid links to club captain Tom Lawrence
Rangers fans will have one eye on developments at Derby County given recent links to club captain and Welsh international Tom Lawrence.
Lawrence, 28, is out of contract at Pride Park and Rangers have been linked with a move alongside the likes of Sheffield United, West Brom and Watford.
The Baggies were reported to be the team leading the chase to sign Tom Lawrence but local journalist Joe Chapman has shot down those claims suggesting there is “nothing in” links between WBA and the Derby captain.
This certainly hands Rangers a boost amid any potential pursuit and it’s clear the future of Lawrence is anything but settled as things stand.
Right wing is an area many Rangers fans want to see the club invest and for many the Welsh international would represent a strong signing at Ibrox.
If Tom Lawrence should leave Derby, not only will the cash-strapped side be without manager Wayne Rooney, but they would also be without their influential captain in a double blow to the club.