Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is reportedly a target for Premier League Aston Villa but it appears to be Celtic voices and not Villa ones who’re most excited about the prospect.
The Daily Mail are claiming that the Villains will launch a bid for the Gers boss and his backroom staff this week and there are undoubtedly a few nerves at Ibrox as a result.
However, in Birmingham the reaction to those Steven Gerrard links have certainly been mixed with plenty discouraged by a potential approach for the Liverpool legend.
Villa are of course well within their rights to make a bid for the Gers boss but ultimately the decision will rest with Mr Gerrard himself.
Celtic fans – their dreams still haunted by the Ibrox gaffer halting 10IAR – are naturally eager to see the back of Gerrard in a kind of paradoxical indulgence which has them saying something about 1 trophy in 9 in the same breath.
No more so has this been evident than in the commentary of their pet poodles in the press with two former Celtic stars hogging the headlines by coming out claiming Gerrard would up sticks and leave Ibrox if handed the chance.
Ex-Celtic stars urging Rangers boss Steven Gerrard into Aston Villa hotseat
Ex-Celtic striker Chris Sutton has been claiming that if the chance presented itself at Villa then Gerrard would take the job.
“I just wonder if Steven Gerrard has come to the end of his shelf life,” said Sutton [BBC Radio Five Live].
“If he’s offered the job, I’m pretty sure he’d take it.”
It’s not just Sutton either; Kris Commons pulled the classic 1 in 9 line whilst also suggesting that Rangers’ financial situation might convince Gerrard to jump ship.
In a Sevcopathic take on the situation, Commons claims that Gerrard’s comments about the Newcastle hint that he’s open to an exit.
What, like these ones after Rangers beat Brondby?
"Do I look happy? Do I look settled?"
Something tells us Rangers boss Steven Gerrard isn't tempted by a move away from Ibrox 😏
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 21, 2021
Whilst he admits Gerrard is unlikely to leave Rangers, Commons landed the final Celtic dah blow by pulling Brendan Rodgers’ exit to Leicester into the conversation.
All of these points are currently being frantically discussed in Celtic pubs up and down the country and if you listen closely, you can hear the whispers of “please, please, please” coming out of Parkhead.
But unfortunately for the Bhoys – and whilst we’re well aware the Gerrard to Villa discussion is anything but settled – those closest to the Ibrox gaffer paint a very different picture.
Former Gerrard teammates skeptical that Rangers manager would take Villa job
Liverpool teammate and close friend Jamie Carragher believes that Gerrard would “want to stay at Rangers until the end of the season and come away from there with two titles”.
Stephen Warnock – who played with Gerrard at Anfield and is also an ex-Villa player – is also skeptical that the Rangers manager would move to Villa.
🗣 "I might be wrong in saying this but I think he wants to go back-to-back titles in Scotland."
Steven Gerrard's former team-mate Stephen Warnock is unsure if the Rangers boss will want to leave Ibrox for Aston Villa 🤔pic.twitter.com/jBonM4O90w
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) November 8, 2021
Finally, Danny Murphy – another pundit known to be close to the Rangers manager – has talked down Gerrard moving to Villa and risked the ire of the fans by suggesting the club has “a ceiling”.
😳 “I would be very surprised if he left #RangersFC to go to Villa.”
🟣 “It’s a great club but there’s only so far you can take Villa, the ceiling’s low.”
🤔 “Is there a step between Rangers & Liverpool? I’m not sure.”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) November 8, 2021
When it comes to who is probably best placed to pass a bit of judgment on the speculation, we’ll take Gerrard’s mates over desperate Celtic voices in the press.
But whatever happens next, should Villa seriously approach Rangers then the decision will likely rest in Gerrard’s hands and the only person who can make that decision is the Gers boss.
Read more about the links here as we look to summarise the story and Aston Villa’s reported interest in the Rangers legend.