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Fear Of The New Celtic Is Behind Gerrard’s Urge To Get Back Across The Border.

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So will he or won’t he? That is the question.

The media down south thinks it is a done deal and so do the bookies.

Right now Gerrard is an astonishing 1-12, which is a close to being a sure thing as you are ever going to get.

Martinez is 12-1. Lampard is 14-1. Terry is 18-1 and then you start getting into the twenties.

As a guy who likes a bet I can tell you what that means; the bookies think it’s already over.

There is probably a lot of inside information doing the rounds down there which accounts for those odds. The certainty with which some of the outlets down south are predicting this tells you that Gerrard’s own people are being quite open about his wanting to talk to Villa.

And if he opens those talks I have no doubt he’ll hear enough to make him take the leap. He knows it’s the kind of job that will give him a bigger platform than Ibrox, but one without the need to achieve all that much at first. He will see it as his stepping stone to Anfield.

Because really, what’s he got to look forward to up here? Celtic are far ahead of where our critics and cynics thought we would be.

January will see us grow stronger still. In the meantime, the Ibrox club has a tough run of games ahead of them and the near certainty of coming out of the next window weaker than they went into it … and with us breathing down their necks.

He has hit the glass ceiling at Ibrox. Things are, now, as good as they are going to get for him and they will probably never get this good again. The fear of Ange and this Celtic team will have been growing in him for weeks, and watching us go away to Ferencvaros and win so convincingly will have done nothing for his sleepless nights.

One trophy in nine. He knows his club’s form offers no guarantees of improving that. One trophy in ten would be a ghastly statistic considering the money he has had to spend, and one trophy in twelve, which looms in his future if he stays … disastrous.

Aston Villa is the right club for his level. A low lying struggler but with plenty of money to get out of the relegation zone.

Not a club that will win things.

Not a club that will make a lot of difference to his career path.

There will be more in his personal wage packet, yes, and he will be closer to his family but let’s be honest, we know that this is a guy who’s running.

If he believed that he could deliver another title here he’d not give that up. But he has looked across the city, seen what Ange is doing and realised that in such poor form, and with divisions at every level at Ibrox – more on that later, I assure you – that this is the time to leap off the burning deck.

Ange has seen him off the premises although we’re still four points behind.

Gerrard sees what we see; he sees the writing on the wall.

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  • Sean says:

    I don’t think that’s anything to do with him potentially moving down. Villa are a decent club, and he will be paid very well. Closer to the family, it’s a no brainer. I actually I’m probably in minority, but I think he will do ok there. Happy days for the hoops, get them in turmoil, Andy hey will fold like a pack of cards, remember that saying lol. Happy days HH

    • Robert Jenkins says:

      I agree. He’s made a bit of a name for himself.

      Be interesting to see what happens to him without the backing of the press or refs.

      • Seppington says:

        As a manager the media have made his name for him. The reality is that he’s a bang average coach who’d have been sacked at somewhere like Morton midway through his second season of failure. He’ll maybe save Villa from the drop but next season they’ll likely still be battling at the lower end of the table.
        It’ll be hilarious if he goes to Villa and doesn’t take a single hun player with him. He knows fine well none of them are really EPL level, no matter what pish he spoon-fed the smsm hacks….

      • Peter Cassidy says:

        Good club villa got plenty of dosh not running because of celtic just big step up from the spl plus double plus on his wages and near home who would not jump at it .

    • hans says:

      Agreed Sean. FFS James? They won the league last year and are four points clear this term. Rightly or wrongly, Gerrard will be very confident of delivering another title should he stay. I don’t think he will. As Sean points out, this is an excellent move for him. Running scared of us? Lets just say the evidence for that is scant to say the least.

      • Kyogos Dream Team says:

        Taxeeeeeee fur Gimp lol!

      • Ange Baby says:

        Agree Hans. Dont rate him as a manager but they are 4 points clear after winning last seasons title by 25 points.
        We haven’t beaten them for almost 2 years now, yet James thinks he’s running scared!
        Absolute nonsense-he’s getting out at the right time as his stock will probably never be higher. In England they wont care if hd wins a 2nd title but if Celtic win it back, his reputation will plummet

  • REBELLIOUS says:

    I agree with all of the above however, it could also be a sign that he now knows exactly the dire straits they’re in financially.
    No kitty for transfers in January, in fact, they’re SKINT ie. pot less.
    So, ideal time for the ‘chequebook manager’ to say; farewell my fellow huns.
    I can only imagine how relieved his family will be with his new position, if, of course, he makes it out of Scotland alive; for we all know only too well how quickly they can turn on their own.
    I used to have a certain admiration for him, that has long since left NEVER to return.

  • Bigchunkylardass says:

    I agree, plus, hes a crap manager, who only kept his job because covid closed the stadiums – the alignment of the stars that allowed him to win the league last year is a once in a generation slice of luck – hes a chequebook manager and has already gone on record as saying he wants lots to spend this january, since he got nothing the last 2 windows, he feels hes due it, but theyve a big debt – plus, the money transgers get for him will help keep the lights on – plus Derek Mcinnes is currently unemployed so can fill his slippy shoes – its a deal that works out for everyone…

  • Saulgoodman says:

    I remember eddie howe was 1/33 for a week to get the celtic gig – think sevco have to get him off the payroll – so good for the bank , deek mcinness step in supervise the fire sale – just need ange to keep it together , then they’ll get what they deserve – implosion happy days

  • MarkB says:

    Absolute rubbish this is all about getting back to premier league. He is top of the league here and has been for over a year …and continullay beats us what’s to fear? This is about money and his desire like Rodgers to get to a top six team eventually it’s all about stepping stones.

    • Seppington says:

      He knows if he doesn’t go now he might not get the chance again. If, as we expect, they collapse and the glorious Hoops sweep all in their path this season, he will be shown up for the “got lucky with covid lockdowns” sub-par coach he truly is and he’ll be lucky to be offered a league 2 gig after that.

  • John S says:

    I think Mr. Gerrard was probably surprised that Rangers* won their first title.

  • Roonsa says:

    I like Aston Villa.

    Correction.

    I liked Aston Villa.

  • jrm63 says:

    If Gerrard goes he is crazy. Aston Villa have the worst record in the EPL over the past 5 games. They are in freefall. Yes, Sevco have no money, he needs a stepping stone to a top 6 EPL side, etc but he is not a first class coach at all which means he will need his coaching team with him. That, and the kind of money available to him in Jan, will be critical. It may take a few days either way

    • Damian says:

      So, he’s not a top class coach and so a top PL team (like, one that hasn’t just sacked a manager) is not a realistic move.

      But he nevertheless would like a stepping stone?

      Aston Villa makes perfect sense in that context.

      Sounds like he will indeed take his coaching team (very much like top class coaches do) if these rumours are to be believed.

      • jrm63 says:

        It does not make perfect sense at all in my opinion. How much money do AV have? And who would be available in Jan? And what about teams below them like Newcastle? How much are they going to spend? He is probably asking people he respects what his likelihood of finishing 4th bottom is? It is one hell of a risk

        • Damian says:

          AV have billionaire owners. They are currently performing well below their relative budget. I suspect he was also asking the exact same questions of Rangers, and comparing the answers.

          • jrm63 says:

            Celtic have a billionaire owner. Rangers have a much better chance of winning the SPL than Villa have of being relegated. They would have to offer way over the selling price to attract anybody in January. And of course compete with Newcastle in so doing. Going to AV made sense in August for Gerrard but right now is a huge gamble.

  • Damian says:

    Bookies stopped taking bets on both Howe and Benitez for the Celtic manager’s job at one point. Bookies odds on things like this only reflect the number of bets being placed in any one direction.

    That said, the reports from down south seem well informed and the move makes perfect sense from Gerrard’s perspective.

    But, his team is currently four points clear. This time last year, it was similar had Celtic won the three games in hand they had at the time.

    A more likely explanation is that Villa will pay him more, provide him with much improved funds and resources, and allow him to live closer to (and perhaps even with) his family.

    Ange spoke well, as always, today. Celtic needs to focus on itself. I’m not convinced Gerrard is doing anything any different.

    He will no doubt wish to be Liverpool manager one day and he’s far from daft. He knows that possibly the most impressive stats and data based football operation in world football is not going to employ a manager straight from Rangers (or Celtic, or Legia Warsaw, or virtually any other European middleweight club) without prior experience.

    He’ll be keen to be closer to his wife, his children and his Simon Lynch jersey.

  • Larsson7 says:

    Yes Celtic are a far different animal now,from the one Slippy took on last year.he knows it,he’s on the Titanic,and he wants off.

  • M Doherty says:

    He signed up at rangers while Rodgers was all conquering at Celtic so I can’t see us being a factor if he leaves. It does make you wonder if their finances are worse than they’d have everyone believe though.

  • Donald Macintyre says:

    I am surprised at the lack of ambition of Villa, he won a league against a useless excuse of a manager. I thought he was another misfit like the fat Colombian, who will obviously be his first signing. Villa to be relegated and the Scouse housebreaker sacked.

  • Bob (original) says:

    Fair play to Gerrard: his timing could prove to be impeccable.

    And to come from Liverpool U-19’s to win the league and – potentially – move to an EPL manager position within 3 and a half years is decent.

    He has smart people around him.

    Good luck to him.

    And thanks for giving Ange a massive boost to win an unexpected league win in his first season! 🙂

  • Dora says:

    I’m intrigued as to who stevie (my herwo) might want as part of his subs bench at AV from the wangers footy klub..!!??
    If I were a betting man, my money would be on Scotty Arsefield, he’s great!

    • Damian says:

      Kamara and Aribo are the most important players IMO. Would be great for Celtic if he scooped them up.

  • Solas sa Saoirse says:

    Yeah “Good Luck” to the HFL. From all the friends he never made up here and all the ones forsaken where he came from! His ambition is blinding! Where does his “Career” go from here? He’s obviously got a few quid, because he doesn’t smoke, I reckon, and maybe, doesn’t drink either, me thinks! So he’ll probably keep going until he gets routed and decides he’s had enough or wins the UCL with some lucky team or another. That would definitely look good upon his CV. Then maybe Captain on “Question of Sport”, or has he done that already, don’t know! And then, maybe maybe one day, The Manager of England! Look out for him anyway and keep an eye on him. It’s sure to be an interesting journey!

  • Solas sa Saoirse says:

    Ha, ha hah!

  • Solas sa Saoirse says:

    There you go. Eddie Who went and took the Newcastle United job. Celtic really lost out there! He would have fitted right in here, no wonder the Celtic Board were so interested in him! A fans’ Club’s manager! It is a big job for a relatively rookie manager and it may be he gets lost in all that fog they get down there! But he’ll have scored on the salary side, as he’s sure to be well re-numerated. Personally I didn’t see him in the Celtic job. It just seemed so far fetched at the time. However, Eddie is on English soil and that’s sure to be to his liking and advantage! Just glad we never got him!

  • steve says:

    I don’t think Celtic’s European results has had any bearing in his decision to leave.

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