STEVEN GERRARD insists he is not using Rangers “as a stepping stone” and is poised to back up his words by agreeing a contract extension.
The Liverpool legend is on the verge of penning a deal that will keep him at Ibrox until 2024 at least.
Gerrard, who is preparing his players for a crucial Europa League Group G game against Young Boys in Glasgow tonight, took time off to discuss his future.
The Gers gaffer, speaking to the Scottish Sun, admitted: “I’m happy here. I’m thankful for the opportunity and I’m as hungry as ever to make it a success.
“The talks are really positive and at the moment we’re not too far away. The club came to me around 10 days ago and it’s been pretty straightforward.
“I asked for it to be kept quiet before the Cup Final and this European game because it’s not really important. The results are more important.
“We’ll pick it up after Thursday’s game. But there’s nothing to really talk about because I want to stay and they want to keep me.
“I know it has been in the thinking of the majority of everyone else: ‘Oh, Rangers is a stepping stone’ or ‘He’s just going there to rehearse for something else’. But that’s a load of nonsense.
“It’s a big opportunity for me here and I have no plans of going anywhere else. If I had, I wouldn’t have signed a new deal because I have two and a bit years left.
“I didn’t think about extending or a new contract until the club approached me and I certainly wouldn’t turn that down because I really appreciate this role.”
Gerrard is also in negotiations with Allan McGregor, Jermain Defoe and Steven Davis over new deals, as Scotzine reported.
The Govan chief added: “They are more imminent. It’s just a case of when we announce them.
“They’ll be given one-year extensions. They are players I want around.”
Gers face Swiss opposition this evening and a draw will be good enough to see them accompanying Celtic in Monday’s last-32 draw in Nyon.
Northern Ireland midfielder Davis, who missed the 1-0 loss to Neil Lennon’s side at Hampden on Sunday, will be sidelined again.
Gerrard added: “Young Boys are a very dangerous challenge, with a lot of pace. We’re well aware of their threats, they are a good team and we cannot underestimate the challenge.”