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Defoe rules out leaving Bournemouth for Rangers

Defoe says he isn't leaving Bournemouth for Rangers. Credit: PA

Jermain Defoe has insisted he will not be leaving Bournemouth for Rangers.

Evergreen striker Defoe scotched rumours he could link up with former England team-mate Steven Gerrard in Glasgow.

The 35-year-old hitman insisted he is happy at Bournemouth, and admitted he has no intentions of slowing down.

Asked if he could envisage a last-gasp deadline move to rival his switch from West Ham to Tottenham in 2004, Defoe replied: "No way, I've been there, done that.

"I've always been one of those players, even when I see rumours that I always try to focus on the club you're at, you've got a job to do, you're here, you're happy, and that's it."

Addressing rumours linking him to Rangers, Defoe continued: "I saw some of that, but again, that's just something I've always had.

"Even when I've been at clubs and played every game, you'll always find something, especially with social media now.

"I've played with Steven Gerrard and we've got the same agent.

"I'm just like everyone else, you see things on Twitter and in the papers, but that's it really."

Gerrard relaxed ahead of Rangers' Europa League tie

Gerrard's Rangers head to Macedonia in the Europa League qualifying round. Credit: PA

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard believes his team can exploit the gaps as Shkupi chase the game in Macedonia on Tuesday.

Gerrard's side lead 2-0 in the Europa League first qualifying round after James

Tavernier's stoppage-time penalty in the first leg changed the complexion of the tie.

Shkupi had frustrated Rangers at Ibrox after Jamie Murphy's early opener but Gerrard expects them to throw caution to the wind in Skopje.

"They came with a game plan to be organised and a team block and to be difficult to break down," he said.

"I respect their game plan at Ibrox but I expect something completely different tomorrow (Tuesday).

"Shkupi are losing 2-0 in the tie at half-time so if they come with an aggressive style and they want to push to get back into the tie, I actually think that's playing into our hands because to push and to be aggressive, they obviously have to take risks.

"So we need to be ready to pounce on any risks to kill the tie. We believe one goal kills the tie.

"We know it is going to be hot and humid, and it might be a tricky surface and a tricky game, but we are ready for whatever gets thrown at us."


Liverpool legend Gerrard confirms Rangers job talks

Gerrard confirms he has Credit: PA

Steven Gerrard has confirmed his interest in taking over as manager of Rangers.

The former Liverpool and England captain, who is currently in charge of the under-18s side at Anfield, has held initial discussions with the Scottish Premiership club.

Gerrard would become the long-term successor at Ibrox to Graeme Murty, who was sacked on Tuesday.

Asked about recent speculation linking him with the post, Gerrard told BT Sport: "Yes, there is truth in the rumours. I've held initial talks with Rangers and the plan is to pick them up in a couple of days' time. We'll see.

"There is (interest). I've held positive talks with them. I'm busy now for a couple of days but I will pick it up on Thursday and we'll see if we can progress it."

Liverpool's Gerrard in the running for Rangers job

Gerrard is currently in charge of Liverpool's under-18s team. Credit: PA

Steven Gerrard is among a list of candidates being considered to become the new Rangers boss, according to reports.

The former Liverpool and England skipper, currently in charge of the Reds' Under-18 squad, is now the bookmakers' favourite to land the post.

The Light Blues' former academy coach Graeme Murty was handed the reins after former manager Pedro Caixinha was axed back in October.

But his stint is almost certain to end this summer after a large section of the Gers faithful turned against him in the wake of an abject display against bitter rivals Celtic in the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-finals earlier this month.

Rangers chairman Dave King was spotted at Anfield for Tuesday night's Champions League showdown between Liverpool and Roma and it has now been reported that 37-year-old Gerrard is in the running to take over at the Glasgow giants having been added to a shortlist drawn up by Ibrox chiefs.

Gerrard admits struggles with Liverpool Academy system

Gerrard's U18s have endured a run of four straight defeats. Credit: PA

Liverpool Under-18s coach Steven Gerrard admits he is still trying to adjust to the way the club's academy system works.

The former Reds captain guided his young side to victory over Manchester United in the UEFA Youth League to set up a quarter-final next month against Manchester City.

It ended a run of four defeats for Gerrard, in his first season in charge of the youth side, and he accepts he is still getting his head around the priorities of working in the academy.

"In terms of the (under) 18s and 23s it has been a tough few weeks in terms of results, they haven't gone our way. The lads have had a tough month and so have the staff," said the former midfielder, whose side have slipped to third in the Under-18 Premier League.

"It has been a test, it has been challenging, because things change from the January window as people go out on loan, people move up to Melwood and you don't have the same players you had for the six months.

"Critch (under-23 coach Neil Critchley) has his pick from my players, which I have to accept, and I have the pick from the 16s.

"Some of my players are not ready for 23s, which can be frustrating for Critch, and some of the 16s are maybe not ready for 18s but it is what happens at academy level so I have to adapt to that.

"If it was my way I wouldn't let any of them go, I'd want them to compete for the league but that's selfish because players have to get different experiences higher up and players have to go out on loan.

"So it is me who has to adapt to the academy system rather than the players."

Asked whether he had finally adapted Gerrard added: "Just about, just about...Still trying actually."

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