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?

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.

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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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