Sport Steven Gerrard urges Rangers board to speed up Glen Kamara contract talks as he salutes 'evolved' star
Steven Gerrard not focused on who are the Old Firm favourites
The perception has been of a pendulum swinging towards Ibrox. As misfortune mounted for Celtic, Steven Gerrard's Rangers are facing injuries of their own as the two sides prepare for battle.Punters began to pile money on an away win. Bookies responded accordingly. The odds on Steven Gerrard’s side repeating the success of their previous trip to Parkhead on December 29 last year have been trimmed.
Steven Gerrard has urged theboard to tie up a new contract for Finland international .
The midfielder was top dog in a midfield packed with international talent on Saturday as his side romped to a 2-0 victory.
The £50,000 bargain buy from Dundee is under contract until 2023 but his boss has said time and again he's a big fan of the player and previously claimed he could play in any top league.
The Scouser wants to reward him for his form by handing over a lucrative new long-term deal.
Asked if Gers planned to rush through the signing talks to stave off interest in the Finland international, Gerrard - speaking ahead of his team's openingclash with Standard Liege - said: "I don't know is the answer to your question. If it was my decision the answer would be yes.
The REMARKABLE numbers behind Rangers' defensive success which explains their position ahead of Celtic
There is no harder team to face in Scotland right now than Rangers. That much is obvious, simply by looking at the league table. © Connor Goldson and Filip Helander have been a formidable defensive unit. Picture: SNS Steven Gerrard’s men have opened up a nine point lead at the top of the table following their 1-0 win at Kilmarnock.It was a tricky fixture for the Ibrox side at a ground where they have come unstuck in the past. Since Gerrard took over they have lost three of six games at Rugby Park.Rangers may not have been at their sparkling best but did more than enough without being overly troubled.
"I've made my feelings known to Ross (Wilson, sporting director) and the board on that situation.
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"Glen has been fantastic for me since day one. He's grown and he's evolved. He's improved and he's listened."
Gerrard added: "There were different areas of his game that we felt we could shape and help him become a better player.
"But he is the one who has really gone out and worked on his game both in and out of possession.
"He's in a fantastic place and is playing with confidence.
"He was superb at the weekend but for me he has been really consistent for much longer than that.
"We want Glen around us for as long as possible and everyone knows my feelings on that situation."
The formerMarseille have also been credited with an admiration of the star. kid has been linked with a move back to his first club as well as fellow Premier League outfits Brighton and Aston Villa.
Gerrard challenges Rangers after achieving first Celtic Park double for 23 years .
Rangers lead Celtic by four points at the top of the table, but Steven Gerrard was not getting carried away despite sealing a famous double.Rangers triumphed 2-0 on Saturday thanks to an unlikely double from centre-back Connor Goldson, who scored in each half as a depleted Celtic failed to register a single shot on target.