Celtic rivals plunged into chaos as Steven Gerrard makes Aston Villa move

By Euan Davidson

November 11, 2021

Well, it’s official; Celtic will be up against a different Rangers manager – Steven Gerrard has made his move to Aston Villa.

Gerrard, who won a whopping 1 trophy, becoming less successful in Scotland than Brendan Rodgers, Neil Lennon and Callum Davidson, has “earned” his Premier League move to the Villains. Dean Smith was sacked last week, and Aston Villa have confirmed Gerrard as his replacement [AVFC].

Gerrard’s side took advantage of Covid chaos last season, although he did build a strong side at Ibrox for 20-21. With Celtic in the doldrums, the Liverpool legend’s team were considerably more impressive.

Gerrard said [AVFC]:

“Aston Villa is a club with a rich history and tradition in English football and I am immensely proud to become its new Head Coach.

“In my conversations with Nassef, Wes and the rest of the Board, it was apparent how ambitious their plans are for the club and I am looking forward to helping them achieve their aims.”

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It’s sad to see that the amiable Ange Postecoglou has terrified the Champions League winner to such an extent. Sadly, that’s life.

Now, our rivals will be tasked with replacing Gerrard over the international break. Names like John Terry, Derek McInnes and Russell Martin have been linked with the job this week [Football Scotland]. How exciting!

Celtic fans entitled to a wry smile about Steven Gerrard flitting off to Aston Villa

It’s awful when an ex-Liverpool man leaves your club halfway through, isn’t it?

All the schadenfreude that came our way in the wake of Brendan Rodgers’ exit now seems quite trite. At least we could celebrate winning a treble that season regardless. At Ibrox, it’s not quite the same.

Of course, these things aren’t the same. We’ve been over that. The circumstances, the level of the club they were joining, and the success achieved means comparisons are way off the mark.

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The reaction, though, is unlikely to be. For sure, it’ll be an interesting few weeks in Scottish football.

Ange? He’s focusing on building his own house with Celtic. For the Bhoys, this doesn’t change the objective whatsoever.

Might’ve helped just a wee bit though…

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