Exclusive: Gerrard reaction to shock approach from Birmingham

Steven Gerrard has knocked back an approach from Birmingham City to remain at Rangers, Football Insider can reveal.

This site revealed earlier today the English Championship big guns have set their sights on Gerrard after announcing the departure of Pep Clotet earlier this month.

A source with knowledge of Gerrard’s situation has told Football Insider that he was approached to ascertain his interest in taking over at St Andrews.

The 40-year-old ruled out the possibility as he wants to remain at Ibrox and secure his first trophy at the club next season.

Gerrard is especially motivated to knock Celtic off their perch and end their tilt at 10-in-a-row next season.

The Liverpool idol has failed to stop the Hoops’ stranglehold on the Scottish trophies since being appointed in the summer of 2018.

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But he has earned praise for overseeing two impressive European campaigns as well as narrowing the gap on a dominant Celtic side who have won nine consecutive titles.

Gerrard and his extensive backroom staff signed new five-year contracts last December that tie them to Rangers until the summer of 2024.

Losing out on Gerrard is a blow for Birmingham, who are searching for their sixth manager in three-and-a-half years.

Football Insider first revealed on 1 May that Birmingham were planning to sack the 43-year-old.

Clotet has confirmed he will leave the Blues at the end of the current campaign after overseeing the club’s remaining eight games.

Birmingham, who returned to action with a 0-0 draw against local rivals West Brom last weekend, are 16th in the Championship table.

In other Rangers news, Ivan Toney has told friends his transfer plans as two Glasgow giants and West Brom race to sign him this summer.

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