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Steven Gerrard press conference in full as Rangers boss shuts down Daniel Johnson transfer talk

Daily Record logoDaily Record 16/09/2020 Jonathan McFarlane

Steven Gerrard has refused to discuss Rangers ' interest in Preston midfielder Daniel Johnson.

The Jamaican is on a list of targets the club are looking at to bolster their engine room and was left out of the Lilywhites' defeat against Swansea in the opening game of the season.

But while the Ibrox boss was open once again that he's eyeing new recruits, he would not be drawn on names out of respect to teams involved.

Asked if there was any news to report on Johnson, he said: "None. No. I won't mention any of the targets we are pursing because I don't think that would be right or respectful.

"So I won't be mentioning any names in here today.

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"Again, I will say that we are looking to add to the squad."

Gerrard also talked in detail about the form of Ianis Hagi who laid on two goals during the 4-0 drubbing of Dundee United at the weekend.

The Romanian started the season slowly and dropped out of the team but the manager was keen to point out that he has now performed at a high level for two weeks on the spin.

No stranger to what it takes to perform as an elite footballer, the Scouser reckons the 21-year-old is at the perfect club to fulfill his potential and vowed to challenge and test the talented attacker.

He said: "I think we also saw a very strong performance from him at Hamilton as well. He got the goal and think that's done the world of good for his individual confidence.

"He carried a threat at Hamilton and should have got a brace in that game so I was really pleased with him the week before.

"Different players take different times to get up to speed but he's certainly looking close to what we saw at the back end of last season.

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"It's great to see because when he's at his best he certainly a big help to the team and the squad.

"He does thrive in Europe but if he does then I won't be happy because I want him to thrive in every game and I want him to be consistent.

"When you're a young player and you grow and evolve, one thing you need to strive for is consistency.

"If you want to be known and want to keep growing on and off the pitch you have to keep growing.

"That's going to be Ianis' big challenge and a club like Rangers is perfect for him because the supporters and the staff will demand that from him.

"And that's what he wants. He doesn't want an easy ride. He wants to be challenged and tested and pushed.

"And he's got that from me. Don't worry about that."


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