Millwall rock Jake Cooper has been quoted by the News Shopper as saying that he chose to reject a move to Rangers last summer because he is settled with the Lions, after signing a new contract at the Den.
The 24-year-old has been immense for Millwall this season. Renowned for his power and impeccable aerial ability, the former Reading centre-back has starred in the Lions’ excellent FA Cup run.
Making 42 appearances in all competitions, Cooper has even posed a threat in the opposition box. He has scored four goals and created another seven. He is considered one of the Championship’s best defenders.
Last summer, STV claimed that Rangers had made an offer of £3million for Cooper’s signature. A move failed to materialise with Cooper preferring Millwall, and he explained why.
“It was a massive confidence boost to see the all the news with (Steve) Gerrard and a huge club like Rangers, but it didn’t turn my head,” said Cooper.
“It was a great thing for me and big for my family, but I signed my contract here because I’m settled and I’m happy. It was good to have interest in the summer, but it’s finished, the Club made it clear what they wanted.”
Cooper would have been an immense signing. Rangers have struggled at centre-back throughout the campaign, with Gerrard only settling on his best combination at the back in recent weeks.
That is currently Connor Goldson and Joe Worrall. But he used Nikola Katic to begin with and a spell using veteran Gareth McAuley. All four have made mistakes along the way.
This summer, Gerrard is likely to want a new central defender and Cooper would certainly boost the Teddy Bears.