By Nick Ware

10th Nov, 2021 | 9:10am

Ally McCoist backs Dean Smith appointment if Steven Gerrard leaves Rangers

Ally McCoist would be happy to see Dean Smith take charge at Rangers if Steven Gerrard leaves for Aston Villa.

Gerrard has been heavily linked with the vacant job in the English Midlands after Smith was sacked on Sunday following five straight defeats.

Ibrox legend McCoist has voiced his support for Gerrard and wants him to stay with the Gers, but he has lended his backing to a sensational ‘swap’ of sorts if the ex-Premier League star does head back down south.

Speaking on talkSPORT Breakfast [09/11/21], host Laura Woods mooted a possible huge move live on-air.

She said: “I did have a text message earlier on and it was asking you [McCoist] the question, ‘Would Ally take Dean Smith at Rangers?'”

McCoist replied: “I really like Dean Smith, I do, yes. I think he’s a good coach and a good manager. I would not have a problem with him being at my club.”

Smart successor?

One thing that’s clear is that no one affiliated with Rangers, or very few people, want to see Gerrard leave the club for Villa.

McCoist has made that patently clear, as have thousands of supporters online.

However, that doesn’t mean potential successors cannot be discussed informally on radio.

It’s the case for players, and it’s the same for managers.

Smith is an interesting name to be mooted for Rangers given his global reputation is not exactly huge.

Gerrard’s playing career was storied and he is one of the most recognised names in football, so while he joined the Gers as a managerial novice, his reputation was such that he was afforded some leeway.

Smith, meanwhile, had a less significant playing career, and his name is more associated with Villa given his affection for the club.

However, the 50-year-old also performed well at Brentford and Walsall, and he now has experience of the Premier League and spending money.

He comes across as a likeable and savvy character, and it’s not a bad suggestion.

In other Rangers news, an ex-FIFA official has blasted this player after a major recent Ibrox controversy.