Rangers boss Steven Gerrard confirmed he is on the verge of signing a new deal at Ibrox – and says three of his Ibrox stars are set to follow suit.
The PA news agency understands Gerrard has agreed in principle a new deal stretching to 2024 and the former Liverpool star says an announcement will be made soon.
New one-year agreements for goalkeeper Allan McGregor, midfielder Steven Davis and Jermain Defoe are also close to being finalised.
Gerrard missed out on winning his first trophy as a manager with Sunday’s Betfred Cup final defeat but can lead the Light Blues into the last 32 of the Europa League with a point at home to Swiss outfit Young Boys on Thursday night.
“The club approached me a week to 10 days ago about a new deal,” said Gerrard. “It was a pretty simple decision. I want to stay around. I’m happy here.
“I’m as hungry and determined to get the good days back here as I ever was. Talks have been pretty straight forward and positive.
“When it’s signed and announced, you’ll have to wait and see. I don’t want any focus on myself or these players before tomorrow’s game with Young Boys.
“I’m very grateful for the opportunity to manage and lead this football club.
“I’ve enjoyed my time here. I think we’re going in the right direction. If you’re happy then why not, that’s my motto.
“I believe in these players, I believe in the club and the direction it’s going. On the evidence of the weekend, I believe if we keep doing the right things and work hard, our day will come.”
Deals for former Scotland number one McGregor and Northern Ireland skipper Davis are also virtually signed and sealed but on-loan Bournemouth star Defoe will have to wait until January 1 to confirm a permanent move to Ibrox.
Gerrard said: “Alan McGregor and Steven Davis’ deals are imminent. They are very close and will probably be announced after tomorrow’s game. They’re all agreed.
“They are two players I want around on a year extension on top of this year.
“Jermain’s is a bit different because he’s obviously Bournemouth’s player until the end of the year.
“But it’s a similar situation in that we want him to stay around.”
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