Millwall defender responds after reports of renewed Glasgow Rangers interest

JAKE Cooper wasn’t concerned about Glasgow Rangers renewing their interest in him in January – because he had no intention of going anywhere.

Steve Gerrard’s Rangers made a £3million move for Cooper last summer, but Millwall’s board slapped a firm Not For Sale sign on the centre-back.

Reports in Scotland earlier this month claimed Gerrard sent chief scout Andy Scoulding to The Den in November and the latter returned with a glowing report after Cooper, 23, netted a late equaliser against Bolton.

But all that speculation was ended last week when Cooper agreed a new long-term deal with Millwall.

“It was never going to be an issue,” Cooper insisted. “After the transfer window in the summer that was done. That didn’t really faze me.

“It’s down to other clubs who they want to sign. I’m a Millwall player and I want to help the club improve.

“It did take some time to organise things and it was nice to get it over the line and come to an agreement with the club. Now it’s just about playing for Millwall and making a better future here at the club.

“I just focussed on how I was playing and how the team was playing and let negotiations take care of themselves. I tried to influence my performances in that sense and thankfully it was agreed.”

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John Kelly