Derby County are already planning for the future as it looks like Frank Lampard is set to move to Stamford Bridge.
Steven Gerrard has reportedly snubbed an approach from Derby to discuss replacing Frank Lampard should his old Premier League rival move to Chelsea.
The Rangers boss has been identified as a top target by Rams chiefs, according to the Times, should Lampard, as expected, make a stunning move back to Stamford Bridge.
However the report states that Gerrard has rejected the approach from Pride Park.
Ironically the two sides are set to meet in a pre-season friendly at Ibrox next month.
And Gerrard will very much be at the helm for Rangers as he steps up preparations for the new season as he looks to stop Celtic hitting 9 in a row.
Gerrard has always said he plans to stick with Rangers for the duration of his contract which expires in 2022.
He is well ahead with his preparations for the new campaign, having made four signings so far and closing in on Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo on loan as a fifth.
Already signed are Jordan Jones, Jake Hastie, Greg Stewart and Steven Davis.
The Ibrox club, who will discover who they face in Europa League qualifying later today, are also working on deals for Charlton’s Joe Aribo and Oldham defender George Edmundson.
Underpinning Derby’s approach for Gerrard is the fact that Frank Lampard is widely expected to become the new Chelsea manager.
In recent days, Harry Redknapp, who is Lampard’s uncle, has been telling the press that the deal looks imminent.
The Times also note that while Aston Villa assistant manager John Terry has also been considered by Derby, that’s unlikely to happen either.