Steven Gerrard believes the Rangers board should be speeding up their efforts to extend Glen Kamara’s contract after his impressive Old Firm display.
The bargain £50,000 buy from Dundee has a deal running to 2023 but Gerrard wants to tie him down for longer after seeing the midfielder run the show during the 2-0 win at Celtic Park on Saturday.
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 opening Europa League clash with Standard Liege – said: “I don’t know is the answer to your question. If it was my decision the answer would be yes.
“I’ve made my feelings known to Ross (Wilson, sporting director) and the board on that situation.
“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.”
Meanwhile, Gerrard has admitted to being really excited about Liverpool’s latest recruit.
The reigning Premier League champions recently completed the signing of Thiago from Bayern Munich for an initial £20million.
And it’s fair to say that Anfield legend is a big fan of the Spaniard. However, he fielded questions on Gareth Bale first.
“I think it’s a fantastic coup for Tottenham,” Rangers boss Gerrard said at his pre-match press conference on Bale. “I think you’re talking about a world class individual but to be honest I am more excited about Thiago.
“He’s the one that’s got me butterflies in my stomach. My focus down there is Liverpool not Tottenham.”