Boss No. 1 target

Villa to make move to prise Gerrard from Ibrox

Steven Gerrard

Winner: Gerrard (pic: SNS Group)

Rangers are bracing themselves for an official approach from Aston Villa for title-winning manager Steven Gerrard.

The English Premier League side have identified the former Liverpool skipper as their top target to replace Dean Smith who was sacked on Sunday and are preparing to contact the Scottish champions this week.

Gerrard has been at Rangers for the three full seasons and the manner in which he has steered the club back to the pinnacle of the game in Scotland has not gone unnoticed by Villa owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens.

Villa Park chief executive Christian Purslow was managing director at Liverpool when Gerrard was captain and the pair know each other well.

Ibrox assistant Gary McAllister is also well known to the Villa fans having been No. 2 to Gerard Houllier during the late Frenchman’s time in charge.

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