Report: Rangers boss Steven Gerrard makes clear he wants Jake Cooper as Millwall fear sale

Rangers' English manager Steven Gerrard awaits kick off in the UEFA Europa League Group G football match between Rangers and Villarreal at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow, Scotland on November 29,...

The Rangers manager, Steven Gerrard, is said to have bid up to £3 million for the Ibrox target in August.

Jake Cooper of Millwall during the Sky Bet Championship fixture between Nottingham Forest and  Millwall at City Ground on October 3, 2018 in Nottingham, England.

The Rangers manager, Steven Gerrard, has made clear he wants Jake Cooper at Ibrox and is prepared to wait to land him, according to the Daily Express.

The newspaper claims Rangers tried to sign the Millwall defender in August, and made a series of bids that went as high as £3 million.

 

But while the London club were able to keep hold of Cooper then, it is suggested there is now concern they will lose the fight to keep him.

There is speculation, too, that the 23-year-old's contract contains a release clause that kicks into effect if Millwall - who are 23rd in the Championship - finish at the bottom end of England's second tier, which would appear to point towards a summer deal.

Bolton Wanderers' Mark Beevers heads at goal under pressure from Sheffield Wednesday's Tom Lees  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Bolton Wanderers at...

The Rangers chief scout, Andy Scoulding, is said to have filed a full report on Cooper after the Lions' 1-1 draw against Bolton last month, in which both he and another rumoured Ibrox target, Mark Beevers, were on target.

Rangers' centre-back pool currently comprises Connor Goldson, Nikola Katic, Gareth McAuley and Joe Worrall, although the latter pair are out of contract at the end of this season.

Joe Worrall  of Rangers looks on prior to the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Hearts at Ibrox Stadium on October 7, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Cooper, who began his career at Reading, has impressed at both ends this campaign - scoring three goals and boasting the joint-most assists (6) of any Championship player.

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