Fenerbahce has rubbished reports linking Martin Skrtel with a summer move to Rangers following the appointment of Steven Gerrard as manager.
The Daily Record had reported earlier this week that the former Liverpool centre back was the first target on Gerrard’s list, but Fenerbahce manager Aykut Kocaman has dismissed any suggestion of the Slovakian leaving the Turkish side for Ibrox.
“Martin Skrtel is an important part of the team. He won’t be going anywhere this summer. Why would he? He is happy here,” the 53-year-old told Fanatik.
“He is a brave warrior. Last week against Kasimpasa, he received the worst wound I have ever seen in my football career. His head was burst open.”
Rangers will wave goodbye to David Bates this summer who is joining Hamburg, leaving Steven Gerrard with Bruno Alves, Fabio Cardoso and Ross McCrorie in defence.
But it now looks like Rangers will have to look somewhere else to strengthen their back line.