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Adam content to stay at Rangers

Charlie Adam tangles with Celtic's Barry Robson
Adam played in the losing side against Celtic at Ibrox

Charlie Adam insists he has no intention of quitting Rangers in January after his surprise inclusion in the Old Firm derby defeat to Celtic.

Watford, Burnley and Nottingham Forest have all expressed an interest in the 23-year-old midfielder, who has started just seven matches this season.

"I still have three-and-a-half years left on my contract," he said.

"I'm happy at Rangers. Unless someone else thinks otherwise, then I'm happy to be at this fantastic club."

Adam was delighted to be thrown into such an important match, although the 1-0 loss to Celtic came as a major disappointment.

"It's not difficult," he explained. "I train to prepare for every game.

"When I'm not playing with the first team, I'm playing in bounce games or with the reserve team.

"It's not as though I've not played at all for the last three or four weeks, I've played games during the week to keep the match sharpness.

"To come back into a game like this is fantastic and it shows the manager still has faith in me.

The title isn't lost. There are plenty of points to play for

Charlie Adam

"It was great to be back in the side but it's not just about being back in the side - it's about getting victories.

"We are disappointed with how the game ended. It was a tough day, goals win games, and they managed to get the goal.

"It's been like that for the last few years, that the first goal probably changes the game.

"It's tough to take with the unbeaten run we had at home and it was a disappointing result. But we will get on with it and battle back.

"There is still a long way to go."

Scott McDonald's solitary strike sent Celtic seven points clear of Rangers at the top of the Premier League.

But Adam pointed to the Scottish champions' own fightback last season - when they clinched the title on the final day - and claimed it was dangerous to write Rangers off.

"We know we have to roll the sleeves up and work really hard and try to claw it back," he said.

"Celtic did it last year and I can't see why we can't do it.

"The title isn't lost. There are plenty of points to play for.

"Celtic clawed back seven points last year so there are still twists and turns between now and the end of the season.

"We just have to capitalise when mistakes are made."

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Rangers 0-1 Celtic
27 Dec 08 |  Scottish Premier

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