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Report: Key Rangers figure targeted by Championship outfit

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has turned down an approach from Bristol City, according to The Express.

The report claims that Gerrard, who has spent two seasons in charge of the Glaswegian giants, was The Robins’ first choice to replace Lee Johnson, who was dismissed two weeks ago.

But the former Liverpool captain is believed to have told club representatives that he isn’t interested in leaving Rangers at present, and is expected to be in charge when the Scottish Premiership commences next month.

Bristol are now sounding out a move for Aston Villa assistant John Terry, who it is thought is keen to take his first steps into senior management.

It would appear that this puts an end to rumours surrounding Gerrard’s future for now after a mixed couple of years in Scotland for the ex-England midfielder.

Despite narrowing the gap to Celtic, the Gers have been unable to halt their rivals’ dominance, and were 13 points adrift when the 2019-20 season was curtailed in March, meaning the Hoops were handed the title.

Progress has been made on the continent; Rangers have featured in the group stage of the Europa League in each season of Gerrard’s tenure, and are still in the competition’s last-16 round, set to resume in August.

However, they must overturn a 1-3 deficit to Bayer Leverkusen in the second leg, which will take place nearly five months after the first meeting at Ibrox.

The league is certainly the priority for Gerrard and Rangers in the coming campaign, not just lifting the trophy themselves but also stopping Celtic from achieving an unprecedented 10th-consecutive crown.

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