Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has confirmed he recently discussed players with Derby County manager Wayne Rooney, amid rumours linking George Edmundson with the EFL Championship side.
Gerrard’s relationship with Rooney was one of many topics that came up in an extensive interview with the Daily Mail.
Manchester United and England legend Rooney claimed he had spoken to the Gers boss prior to accepting his new position as Derby manager earlier this month [talkSPORT].
However, in the interview, Gerrard set the record straight, asserting that the conversation took place after Rooney had accepted the role.
Interestingly, though, in doing so, he confirmed that the two managers had discussed players.
“Wayne said he spoke to me before he decided to take the manager’s job at Derby but he’s bending the truth a little bit there,” said Gerrard [Daily Mail]. “He was actually phoning me to talk about players. He called me after his decision was made.”
Gerrard didn’t elaborate on the player talks and it’s quite possible that Rooney was seeking his opinion on players who are already at Derby or on potential transfer targets playing in England.
Yet, the admission is interesting given that Gers fringe man Edmundson has been linked with a switch to Pride Park.
Edmundson has only featured twice for Rangers this season due to a substantial SFA ban for a Covid regulations breach, injury and the strong form shown by the club’s other centre-backs.
Edmundson is currently recovering from a recent hernia operation but it’s claimed that Rooney still wants to make a deal happen before Monday’s deadline.
Gerrard’s comments confirm that Rooney at least had the chance to register his interest in the 23-year-old ex-Oldham Athletic star and we’ll find out in the next 48 hours whether or not he follows Jordan Jones out of Ibrox and down to England.
The Rangers manager has also made passionate comments about bringing success back to Rangers as the Premiership title nears.