Steven Gerrard breaks silence after being named new Aston Villa boss as Liverpool legend posts emotional Rangers goodbye

Steven Gerrard breaks silence after being named new Aston Villa boss as Liverpool legend posts emotional Rangers goodbye

STEVEN GERRARD has bid farewell to Rangers with a heartfelt post to Instagram.

The Liverpool legend was confirmed as Aston Villa boss today after a successful three years north of the border.

In an emotional post to Instagram, Gerrard said: "I want to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone associated with Glasgow Rangers, especially the fans, for the love and support you've all shown me during my time in Scotland.

"Winning "55" will always hold a special place in my heart – each and every one of you played a part in that and, believe me, there will be many more to come.

"I hope in time you can understand and accept my decision to move on but I honestly fell in love with the club and will always follow the team.

"Once a Ranger, always a Ranger #55"

Gerrard led the Glaswegians to a record 55th Scottish title last campaign – their first since 2011.

It broke Celtic's run of nine consecutive championships and prevented an historic ten in a row.

 

He takes over at Villa following Dean Smith's sacking.

Boyhood Villa fan Smith was sacked after a fifth defeat in a row at Southampton last Friday night.

Gerrard previously admitted a YEAR ago that his wife Alex would love to see him quit football management to spend more time with the family.

Although she might be waiting a while for that to happen with his two-and-a-half year deal at Villa Park expiring in the summer of 2024.

Coincidentally it's the same time Jurgen Klopp's contract runs out at Liverpool.

And that could signal Gerrard's intent to return to his beloved Anfield in the dugout.

Family man Gerrard travels down to spend time with his family in Cheshire as much as possible – but it can’t be easy being apart from his wife Alex and kids Lexie, Lilly-Ella, Lourdes and little Lio.

The football legend married model Alex in 2007 – but she decided against uprooting the family and moving to Scotland when he took the job.

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