Jim White: Rangers fans have been unfair on Steven Gerrard after Aston Villa exit
Jim White suggests Rangers supporters have been unfair on Steven Gerrard after his recent exit to Aston Villa.
Speaking on talkSPORT [19/11/21], White believes Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s predecessor may be subject of unjust criticism from the Gers faithful.
He said: “How do you view it, Simon [Jordan], when you hear Gerrard, a lot of fans are saying, ‘he used us, he used Rangers as a stepping stone, he always wanted to go back down south’.
“I think that’s a bit unfair, but do you think there’s a degree of truth in it? Can you say that about Rangers and Celtic?”
Ex-Crystal Palace owner Jordan replied: “Possibly, because he [Brendan Rodgers] did depart back to the Premier League when the first meaningful job came along that was then based upon his established reputation.
“Celtic and Rangers are massive football clubs. There will be certain managers that see it as a carer path and others that necessarily won’t.
“If Rangers fans were sat here watching him go to Liverpool, would they say he used Rangers to get to Liverpool?
“He gave Rangers three-and-a-half years of his very best, and that’s all you can ask for.
“The difficult thing for Rangers fans to understand, or to accept, is as much as last season was a key component of stopping Celtic from winning 10-in-a-row, this is an even bigger season because the Champions League beckons and you suddenly don’t get into the Champions League group stage, and you give Celtic another £40million headstart…”
Timing is everything
Had Gerrard made his Ibrox exit in the summer of 2022, there would have been few dissenters among the supporters.
If the 41-year-old had lifted another Premiership title with the Gers, won a domestic cup and progressed once again into the knock-out stages of the Europa League, he’d have been hailed as a hero and given the Ibrox seal of approval to leave the club.
Of course, some would have liked him to build a dynasty, but this is modern football and people do not stay forever.
Four years is a solid amount of time, and he’d have left the club in a great state.
As it is, the Gers have had to find a new manager, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, just four months into the 2021/22 campaign, and that has naturally caused unrest among supporters.
But now the focus is on van Bronckhorst and how he can pick the side up midway through the season.
In other Rangers news, a report has mooted this two-time Premier League golden-boot winner as being en route to Ibrox.