Ex-Rangers boss namechecks Ibrox club as axe threatens to swing
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Ex-Rangers boss namechecks Ibrox club as axe threatens to swing

Ex-Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has namechecked the Ibrox club as he launched an impassioned defence of his job at Aston Villa.

The Liverpool legend is a man under pressure at Villa Park with only two wins in nine at the start of the Premier League season and his team languishing in 16th.

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Whilst the former Rangers boss has been unlucky with injuries so far this season, Aston Villa supporters are frustrated with Steven Gerrard and plenty have already begun to turn.

Some have been chanting for the boss to go as boos ring out around the stadium and things could go from bad to worse this weekend when the club faces Graham Potter’s Chelsea.

But speaking to Sky Sports, Steven Gerrard has urged patience from the Aston Villa faithful and namechecked his experience at Rangers as being an example of dealing with pressure.

However, the manager was clear that the expectations at both clubs are extremely different.

Steven Gerrard discusses Rangers experience amid Aston Villa pressure

“I lived with a lot of pressure and demand for three and a half years [at Rangers],” said Gerrard.

“I’m a better manager and person on the back of that. It improved me immensely. At Rangers and Celtic you have to win [the title].

“This is a different challenge, I took over a team two points above relegation and on the back of five defeats…the idea is, with time, to develop us and have us operating in a completely different area of the league. We don’t believe we’re too far away from that. 

“At the same time, we have to take responsibility for where we’re at right now. I’m very much aware of that, you can’t keep saying ifs and buts.

“It’s small margins but we need to prove we can take maximum points off one of these big teams. We need to try and find that level of performance. If we do, things will look a lot brighter.”

Steven Gerrard left Rangers in controversial circumstances by moving to Aston Villa during an international break in November last year.

The ex-Liverpool midfielder took his first top job in football management at Rangers and delivered the club’s first title in 10 years in 20/21.

Meanwhile, one former Rangers star has been spotted back in Ibrox after leaving in 2020.