A member of Frank Lampard’s backroom staff has left Derby County to take up a new role at Rangers, the Scottish Premiership club have confirmed.
Steve Doyle has left Pride Park after a twelve-and-a-half-year spell with the Rams and is set to become lead technical scout at Ibrox, where he will work closely with Lampard’s former England teammate Steven Gerrard.
Doyle worked in several different positions throughout his time at Derby, including as a coach and development officer, academy coach, head of academy performance analysis and a first-team tactical analyst.
He worked alongside various managers throughout his time at Pride Park, including Steve McClaren, Paul Clement, Gary Rowett and Lampard.
Doyle played an important role behind the scenes as Derby reached the Championship play-off final last season, where they lost to Aston Villa.
His decision to leave Derby comes at a time when Lampard’s future at Pride Park is up in the air, amid growing speculation that he is going to become the next manager of Chelsea.
Doyle has been a great servant for Derby over the years and I’m sure he would have found it extremely difficult to leave the club after so long.
He can now look forward to a new challenge with Rangers though and will be hoping to play an important role in helping Gerrard recruit new players for next season.
I’m sure Derby fans will be more bothered about the future of Lampard himself, as he continues to be linked with a move to Chelsea.