Derby County have confirmed their retained list on the club’s official website. And veteran left-back Ashley Cole is set to depart at the end of his short-term contract.
The Rams fell narrowly short of promotion and Cole played in the final. But Aston Villa emerged triumphant at Wembley to win promotion to the Premier League.
With another Championship campaign awaiting Derby, Frank Lampard has made decisions on the players’ futures. And it looks like Cole’s career is coming to an end.
But this decision could have an impact on Rangers too. According to The Daily Record, Derby left-back Max Lowe is a target for Rangers this summer.
Rangers need a new left-back. Lee Wallace has departed, Borna Barisic’s form has been hit-and-miss, Andy Halliday is predominantly a central midfielder and Jon Flanagan has also been erratic.
Lowe was a loan target. The England youth international would have been the ideal short-term fix for the Gers after his impressive stint on loan at Aberdeen.
He is a proven performer at Scottish Premiership level and Rangers need an attack-minded left-back this summer. However, Cole’s release could deal a blow to Rangers’ hopes.
With Cole leaving Derby, Lampard might integrate Lowe into the first-team. The 22-year-old seems ready for action and Derby might choose to keep him instead.