Derby County manager Frank Lampard has told reporters for the Sun how he is keen for left-back Ashley Cole to stick around for one more season, which could have an impact on reported Rangers target Max Lowe.
"I would do, but that is absolutely his choice. Whether he wants to carry on playing or not, is up to him,” Lampard replied when asked if he wanted to keep Cole at Pride Park for another season.
Cole, 38, joined the Rams in January with the Midlands club fighting a left-back crisis.
Marcus Olsson was already ruled out for the campaign when Craig Forsyth picked up a season-ending injury in December. Summer signing Scott Malone, meanwhile, was having fitness problems.
It meant Derby recalled Max Lowe from his loan spell at Aberdeen in January. However, after an unconvincing display against Leeds United at Elland Road, Lowe returned north of the border until the end of the season.
The 22-year-old has impressed at Aberdeen, prompting reported interest from Rangers according to the Daily Record. It is claimed Gers boss Steven Gerrard has contacted Lampard asking to take Lowe to Ibrox on loan for the 2019-2020 campaign.
While Olsson is set to leave at the end of his contract, Derby are still going to be overloaded with left-backs for next season. Forsyth is returning from injury, Malone is another option while academy graduate Calum MacDonald is highly-rated and was on the bench during the play-off final defeat to Aston Villa.
Should Cole stay for another season, Derby could have as many as four players ahead of Lowe in the pecking order. It would make sense to let him continue his development out on loan, and Rangers represent a fine option.
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