Stewart Downing insists Gerrard has a reason for being at Rangers
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Stewart Downing insists Gerrard has a reason for being at Rangers

Blackburn Rovers midfielder Stewart Downing insists that Steven Gerrard has gone to Rangers “for a reason” and admits his former team-mate wouldn’t have gone to Ibrox if they weren’t a “strong club.”
Downing will be part of Rovers’ squad for Sunday’s friendly at Ibrox and will come up against Gerrard and former England team-mate Jermain Defoe.

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The veteran star thinks the trip to Ibrox will be Blackburn’s toughest pre-season test with Rangers a few weeks ahead and already playing competitive games.

“In terms of the quality and the standard, it’s a tough game,” Downing told iFollowRovers.

“I don’t think Steven Gerrard would go to Rangers if they weren’t a strong club.

“Steven knows what he wants and he won’t be treating it as a pre-season game. They’re in the Europa League, they’re up to speed really and are a few weeks ahead of us.

“He’s gone there for a reason. They’re a good team with some experienced players. We realise that it’ll probably be our toughest test of pre-season.”

The Gers will likely field a much-changed side from the XI that started Thursday’s win over St. Joseph’s as Gerrard tries to get his squad match fit.

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With a Europa League clash in Thursday against Progres Niederkorn at Ibrox there’s an opportunity for some fringe players to force their way into the side.
Gers fans will also no doubt be looking forward to poke fun at Blackburn boss and former Celtic player and manager Tony Mowbray.