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New challenge: Sheyi Ojo
New challenge: Sheyi Ojo

By Andy Newport

Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo has insisted Steven Gerrard was the key reason he moved to Rangers on loan as Ibrox chiefs rejected reports their manager had held talks with Derby.

Reports yesterday claimed Derby had moved to lure the former Anfield captain back south.

But the Rangers boss was instead making his fourth summer signing in the shape of Reds youngster Ojo as the Scottish club issued a hands-off warning.

It was claimed Gerrard (39) had rejected an approach from the Rams.

Frank Lampard is still the man in charge at Pride Park but has been linked with a return to Chelsea to take over from Maurizio Sarri.

But Rangers hit back angrily at the claims. A spokesman said: "Let's get one or two things clear. Our manager has not been approached and he remains 100% committed to the job he has."

Gerrard, whose side will host Derby at Ibrox in a pre-season friendly on July 28, is gearing up for the new campaign and has landed Ojo on a year-long loan.

The 21-year-old winger said: "The last two years I've not really had that consistent opportunity to play football. When I heard Rangers were involved, I spoke to my representation, the gaffer Steven Gerrard and Liverpool and came to believe this was the right destination for me."

Gerrard will step up preparations for the opening Europa League qualifier against either Kosovans FC Prishtina or St Joseph's of Gibraltar in Portugal.

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