Rangers legend backs Steven Gerrard to 'get it right' at Aston Villa
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Rangers legend backs Steven Gerrard to 'get it right' at Aston Villa

Rangers legend Derek Johnstone believes Steven Gerrard will “get it right” as Aston Villa manager and insists there’s no danger of them getting sucked into a Premier League relegation battle.

Gerrard’s time at Villa has seen a mixed bag of results but the 4-0 thrashing of Southampton at the weekend was their biggest win since Gerrard headed down the M6 from Glasgow to Birmingham in November.

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DJ believes that, like his time at Rangers, the Aston Villa players got an early lift from Gerrard’s appointment and believes that in time the Villa support will love the Liverpool icon for the work he puts in at Villa Park.

“I think he started off really well at Aston Villa and Aston Villa have been playing some stuff.,” Johnstone said [Liverpool Echo]. “I think the players got a lift, just by having somebody like Steven Gerrard in their midst. That’s what the Rangers players did.

“He came in and had players who he respected and the players respected him. That was the reason why they’ve come to Rangers and to Aston Villa.

“I think he’ll get it right. He’ll have a bit more money to spend. People talk about them falling into a relegation battle. I don’t see that at all. They’re good enough to stay up.

“I think the Aston Villa fans will love him because whatever club he’s at, he gives his all. And so does his backroom staff. Villa can be guaranteed there will be a lot of effort put into it.”

In other news, former Rangers star Gordan Petric has had his say about the Ibrox side’s last 16 Europa League opponents.

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