By Beck Pascal

20th Dec, 2021 | 10:30am

Steven Gerrard linked with Rangers pair ahead of January transfer window

Steven Gerrard has been urged to sign his former Rangers duo as he plans to bolster his Aston Villa squad in January.

Former Villa midfielder, Ray Houghton, has named Glen Kamara and Joe Aribo as potential targets for the former Gers manager.

Rumours suggesting Gerrard will make a move for some of his former players have been ongoing since he joined Aston Villa at the start of November.

“I think, with Steven, what we mustn’t forget is that he was at Rangers for a few years, so he has seen a few players up there that he might like as well,” Houghton told bettingexpert.

“Like Glen Kamara, as an example. I watched Glen when he played for Finland against the Republic of Ireland, I didn’t know much about him before, and I was impressed by him.

“He controlled the back four, got the ball down, and was a continuity player. He kept it nice and easy. So Steven knows him. That could be a name there.

“And then you have got Joe Aribo. He’s out of contract, and he’s not going to sign a new one.”


Gerrard has a good relationship with his former Rangers player and built up a level of trust and understanding in his three years in Glasgow – a big if not the only reason as to why the Lions are currently being linked with the pair.

Whether or not the pair have enough quality to make an impact in the Premier League is up for debate.

Kamara struggled to burst onto the scene in England, being sold by Arsenal in 2017 to Dundee FC, later joining Rangers in 2019. The powerhouse has done well in Scotland, but it is difficult to see him making an impact in England.

Aribo makes more sense with the midfielder being slightly younger but more importantly out of contract at the end of the season.

Rangers did manage to get Aribo as a free transfer from Charlton, but would no doubt be disappointed to see him go, especially for free as he is one of the standout players this season for the Bears.

However, they do have Europa League experience, a competition Gerrard has his eyes on as a manager and could become useful squad players as teams struggle for players during the re-emergence of the pandemic.   

In other Rangers news, Chris Sutton: Rangers won’t surrender their Scottish Premiership title easily to Celtic.