Rangers fans everywhere are bracing themselves for Steven Gerrard exiting towards Aston Villa amid a spate of reports from reputable journalists north and south of the border.
The Telegraph are leading the suggestion that Gerrard, 41, is interested in a move to the Birmingham club with three leading journos from the newspaper backing up the contention.
— Telegraph Sport (@TelegraphSport) November 9, 2021
Sam Wallace, John Percy and Matt Law have all put their name to the story in a major statement from the English-based newspaper.
That report claims that Villa see Stevie G as the ideal figurehead for their project as they look to adopt an elite-level mentality into their infrastructure.
Whilst it’s clear nothing is concrete; the suggestion is that Villa have sounded out Gerrard’s reps and the manager is prepared to listen if the Premier League club come calling.
There is also a suggestion that the Rangers manager has a £2m release clause in his Gers contract with the lure of a Premier League job “giving Villa encouragement”.
Journalists believe Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is nearing Aston Villa move
The Villains have billionaire owners and heady ambitions to re-establish the club as one of the biggest in the English game.
However, the report also notes that Belgium boss Roberto Martinez – who the Sun are claiming wants the job – is a “viable alternative” so nothing is signed, sealed and delivered just yet.
North of the border, the Herald and reputable Scottish journalist Chris Jack are also reporting Gerrard’s interest in the role.
— Glasgow Times Football (@GT_Football_) November 9, 2021
So much so that Jack claims Gerrard’s move to Aston Villa is looking “increasingly likely” with Villa “on course” to name Gerrard as their new boss.
Both reports suggest Villa want a deal tied up before their next Premier League game at home to Brighton after the international break.
All four of these journalists have stellar reputations and it is unlikely they’d be putting their names to a story which doesn’t have some serious substance.
This is ominous for Rangers fans who’ve gotten used to the notion Steven Gerrard will be Ibrox manager until his beloved Liverpool come calling.
Should Stevie G move on to the Premier League, then it presents a monumental test of one Ibrox director’s credentials.