Ok, we know fine well that this article will probably attract some of the angry types in our support who like to get upset over the shape of their bread, but we’re not interested in that. We are, however, intrigued at the Steven Gerrard angle of Rangers’ colossal pairing with Liverpool.
Current Aston Villa manager Gerrard has barely been mentioned on Ibrox Noise the past few months, so it stands to reason us doing so now will draw accusations we’ve done nothing else but yap about him. Que sera.
But we are intrigued at how our former boss feels seeing his ex-club face his ex-club.
He is 100% Liverpool – he was in no way ever a true Rangers man. He is using Villa as a stepping stone to the Liverpool job, having admitted in recent weeks that he ‘served his apprenticeship’ in management at Ibrox.
That’s what it was to him, a learning exercise, how to be a coach.
It could have been any club – it just happened to be us. And we did get 55 from it (eventually) and we regained a lot of credibility in Europe as well, so we don’t hold much of a grudge against Gerrard. Life is way too short.
So we wonder how he feels. There’s no question he will be on Liverpool’s side, with, perhaps, a soft spot for us given he still has friends up here. But anyone thinking the man might have divided loyalties can forget it.
Villa are another step on his Liverpool ladder, so while his professional focus is on them, his interest isn’t.
It is all about getting Klopp’s job one day, when he thinks he’s ready.
But for a man who spent over three years at Ibrox, how did he feel seeing Rangers drawn with Liverpool?
This only happened 10 months after he left, of course, so he’s probably absolutely delighted he quit, because the last thing he’d ever have wanted to do was face Liverpool in management… wait a minute…
Being serious, a penny for his thoughts on this one…