Mason Mount almost joined Rangers last summer prior to signing for Derby County on loan from Chelsea, the midfielder’s dad has told The Sun.
Mount’s dad Tony has been speaking ahead of Sunday where his son could make his first-team debut for Chelsea against Manchester United.
That would come on the back of a stunning season in the Championship, where he helped the Rams to the Play-Off Final.
His form for Derby helped him towards a new contract at Chelsea. He penned a five-year deal earlier this summer worth a staggering £77,000-a-week, according to The Telegraph.
It could have been so much different for the 20-year-old, however, as Rangers competed for his signature too.
Mount’s dad told The Sun: “We spoke to Steven Gerrard about going to Rangers and he was very similar to Frank Lampard. He said ‘I’ve watched Mason, know him inside out and want him to come on a journey with me.'”
Despite the meeting progressing well, Mount opted to join Derby in order to learn from Frank Lampard.
Tony says that once his son had spoken with the Chelsea legend he knew his mind was made up, despite offers from elsewhere.
He continued: “I said to Mason, ‘don’t rush into it, we’ve got to think about it. I like Werder Bremen, and Norwich was a good meeting.’ He said, ‘No dad, I’m going to Derby. I want to work for Frank Lampard'”.
This will be interesting news for those of a Rangers persuasion and how they would have loved to see Mason Mount at their club.
Gerrard would have been equally good for the Chelsea man’s career but the lure of working with his idol proved decisive.
It highlights the progression being made at Ibrox under Gerrard, however.
The fact he identified a star of the future like Mount to continue his development must be viewed as a real plus for Rangers fans.
After years of signing bang average players under below-par managers, Rangers do finally have a manager who appears to know what it will take to topple Celtic’s dominance.