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‘Get Them Signed On’- Kevin Campbell’s view on Gerrard’s Rangers transfer mission after Ibrox deals agreed

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Steven Gerrard’s summer transfer mission is to keep as many members of his Rangers squad together as he can.

That’s according to former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the decision to offer James Tavernier and Allan McGregor new deals.

Tavernier became the most recent senior player to commit to Ibrox as he signed a two-year extension to his existing deal earlier this week.

This followed news that McGregor has signed a new one-year deal as his current contract was due to expire next month.

Campbell insists that Gerrard’s priority will be keeping his key players together and it is no surprise that he is securing the futures of two quality players.

“Steven Gerrard wants to keep as much of this squad together as he can,” Campbell told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

“They’ve won the league at a canter. The squad seems to have gelled together really well and you can never have enough good players. 

“You’ve got to secure your good players as soon as possible so I’m not surprised that he’s making sure these guys are signed on.”

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Earlier this season, veteran midfielder Steven Davis and highly-rated youngster Nathan Patterson also signed new deals as Gerrard secured the immediate and long-term futures of key players.

Despite already securing the Scottish Premiership title, the season is not over for the Gers as they can still complete a double if they win the Scottish Cup.

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James Tavernier may have sacrificed PL move after signing a new deal at Rangers

James Tavernier could have ruined his chances of a Premier League move by signing a new deal at Rangers, according to Alan Hutton.

The former Gers full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested this summer may be the last opportunity for the 29-year-old to seal a switch to England’s top flight.

As confirmed on Tuesday, Tavernier has penned a two-year extension to keep him at Ibrox until 2024.

Football Insider revealed back in December Rangers were braced for bids from Premier League clubs in January, although he eventually remained at Ibrox.

Tavernier, who is the Gers’ captain, has already played 41 times this season.

That is despite him missing the last month and a half through injury.

He has delivered sensational attacking returns for a defender, with 17 goals and 15 assists under his belt.

Tavernier, who turns 30 in October, has two Premier League appearances under his belt after substitute appearances for Newcastle.

Hutton admitted the defender’s new contract may have ruled out a move back down to test himself England’s elite.

“At 29, if you’re looking to go down south, I think this is, this would be the only opportunity,” Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.

“When you start going into your 30s, it’s very unlikely that it’s going to happen.

“He’s played that well this season that I’m pretty sure there’ll have been Premier League admirers out there watching.

“If anybody is willing to pay for him, what would the price be?

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“For Rangers, it’d have to be a high value because he’s one of the top performers. He’s the captain, one of the best players.

“If Rangers don’t see the fee as suitable, then there’s no reason for them to accept it. He seems like he’s happy to stay and play for Rangers so that’s the most important thing.”

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Rangers may crush Jermain Defoe contract hopes after TalkSPORT reveal

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Rangers could crush Jermain Defoe’s dream by not offering him a new deal before the expiration of his contract this summer. 

That’s according to former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Defoe’s recent comments on being offered a new deal.

Defoe, 38, recently told TalkSPORT that he wanted to finish his career in front of fans which suggests he would be open to signing a new Ibrox deal.

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The veteran said, “I want to play another season in front of the fans. This season has been special, I don’t know how I’ll top that. Just a personal one to finish in front of the fans.”

Campbell insists the decision isn’t up to Defoe and that he’ll struggle to convince the Gers decision-makers if their minds are made up.

“I’m sure he’ll want to sign a new deal, it just depends on whether the club wants to,” Campbell told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

“That’s the most important thing, if the club wants it to happen and the player wants it to happen then it will happen. 

“If the club don’t want it or the club don’t see it as a good decision then obviously he’ll struggle.”

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Defoe has scored five goals in 15 total outings for Rangers this season as he became a league title winner for the first time in his career.

He has spent the majority of the season sat behind Alfredo Morelos and Cedric Itten in the pecking order with the 38-year-old only handed three Scottish Premiership starts so far.

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Sources: Aston Villa have ‘strong interest’ in Steven Gerrard

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Billionaire-owned Aston Villa are keen on Rangers manager Steven Gerrard ahead of the summer, Football Insider understands.

The ninth-placed Premier League club have had a fine campaign after narrowly avoiding relegation on their top-flight return last term.

But a Villa source has told Football Insider that Dean Smith’s position as manager is far from secure in the medium and long-term.

Chief executive Christian Purslow is said to have a “strong interest” in luring Gerrard on behalf of owners Wes Edens and Naseef Sawiris.

Purslow knows the Rangers boss from his time at Liverpool, where he had a spell as managing director, between 2009 and 2011.

Tellingly, Edens and Sawiris are hugely ambitious and have pumped around £400million into Villa since buying the club in 2018, with more than £250m spent on transfers.

Egyptian tycoon Sawiris is estimated by Forbes to be worth $8.4bn (£6.1bn), while American financier Edens is in a similar bracket.

Gerrard’s reputation as one of the brightest young managers in the game has been established during his three years at Rangers.

He has transformed the team’s fortunes and lifted the first silverware of his managerial career when he steered the club to this season’s title and ended Celtic’s 10-in-a-row hopes.

It remains to be seen whether he would have any interest in a move south of the border.

Gerrard and all of his backroom staff signed new five-year contracts in December 2019 that run until 2024.

The Liverpool icon also snubbed offers from English Championship duo Bristol City and Birmingham City last summer.

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Kemar Roofe will explode in 21/22 amid ‘Massive’ Ibrox dressing room claim

Kemar Roofe will have a prolific season in 2020-21 and be a “massive” influence in the Rangers dressing room. 

That is according to ex-Leeds United and Scottish Premiership striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Roofe‘s brace in the 4-0 win over Cove in the Scottish Cup on Sunday.

Rangers signed Roofe, 28, from Anderlecht on a four-year deal in August.

The forward’s two goals on Sunday took his season tally to 14 in 29 appearances across all competitions.

But Whelan claims the best is still yet to come from the ex-Leeds man.

He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “When you’ve got a goalscorer banging them in, it gives the rest of the team faith. That’s massive for the dressing room.

“I think we’ll see the best of him next season. Sometimes it takes a year to bed in but he’s still scored goals. That what he does.

“He doesn’t need many opportunities and at that level you would expect him to be scoring goals week in, week out.

“It was a cup match on Sunday but you’ve still got to do your job. Every striker just wants to score, no matter what game it is or what competition it is because it sets you up for the next game.

“He just needs to find some consistency. I’m sure next season he’ll be a lot better. Sometimes you learn a lot about yourself in a new league. But let’s be honest, he’s not had a bad season.”

Rangers’ victory on Sunday set up a fourth round tie with Celtic on 17 April.

Steven Gerrard’s side will be looking to make it a league and cup double after mathematically securing the Scottish Premiership title in early March.

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