The news that Rangers are reportedly tailing Claudio Marchisio is one which has fans both sceptical and excited.

Granted, with reported interest from Ligue 1’s Monaco and Brazilian club Flamengo, a move to Ibrox remains a long shot.

But could what Marchisio said about his admiration for Rangers boss Steven Gerrard – on two separate occasions no less – hold sway in any decision he makes about his future?

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Marchisio last played with Zenit St. Petersburg. (Photo by Epsilon/Getty Images)

“I would like to swap shirts with Gerrard at the end of the match,” Marchisio told Football Italia before the Euro 2012 quarter-final between Italy and England.

The midfielder also took to Facebook to talk up his feelings towards the Liverpool legend after Gerrard took the decision to retire from football.

Marchisio wrote:



“I watched you on the TV as a child. For me one of the strongest and most complete midfielder players that I have ever seen and ever met on the pitch.

“A legend and an emblem of your club. An example both as a person and a player! Good luck with everything,”

After initial reports suggested the Juventus legend had originally turned down the prospect of a move to Ibrox, the latest suggest the 33-year-old is still mulling over the transfer.

First from France [RMC Sport], and then from Italy [Matteo Pedrosi].

Marchisio is a hero in Turin, having played over 380 times for the Old Lady. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

A free-agent after having his two-year contract mutually terminated with Zenit St. Petersburg after only a year, there remains some suspicion over his suitability for Ibrox.

But could Steven Gerrard hold the keys to convincing a player who only last season was playing at the highest level to come to Rangers?

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