Celtic could benefit as rivals potentially plunged into crisis this week
Celtic could benefit from crisis at Rangers, after The Telegraph revealed that Steven Gerrard is interested in the job at Aston Villa.
To that end, the Villains will make an official approach for the Rangers boss to replace Dean Smith. Gerrard was named by the Telegraph as the Birmingham club’s top choice, ahead of Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl.
The Telegraph also believe Gerrard’s staff would follow him to Villa Park, leaving the Ibrox side with a sizeable shortfall in numbers for their dugout. Gary McAllister and Michael Beale have been enormous help to Gerrard during his first managerial job.
The move has shades of Brendan Rodgers’ mid-season move to Leicester City in 2019. Of course, the Bhoys went on to secure a Treble Treble. Either way, it’s easy to see how this would benefit Celtic.
Although the Liverpool legend has only won 1 of a possible 9 trophies, he built an impressive squad last season. Certainly, it was good enough to overcome a meek challenge from Celtic for 10IAR.
Surely, this would derail Rangers’ season plans. They’d have to work quickly to replace Gerrard, and selling a move to Scotland can be tricky for higher-calibre managers. Celtic’s pursuit of new Newcastle boss Eddie Howe proves that.
Gerrard move to Aston Villa could throw Rangers into chaos at vital time for Celtic
In seasons past, the winter period has been crucial for Celtic. There’s a Glasgow Derby on the 2nd of January, and the first few months of the year are normally when the Bhoys pick up momentum for a title challenge.
Rangers losing their manager, staff and potentially players to Aston Villa could really hamper the Ibrox club’s chances. Especially if Celtic are able to build form as they normally tend to around this time of year.
There’s also another risk though; Rangers could hire a manager capable of winning more than just a ninth of the trophies on offer.
Certainly, the Telegraph are convinced that Gerrard is keen. If so, the Ibrox club surely can’t prevent Gerrard from talking to the Premier League outfit as he wants to.
For Celtic fans, this could be the important moment in this year’s title race.
It’s shaping up to be a seismic week in Scottish football.