Former Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has gotten one over on his ex-Celtic equivalent Brendan Rodgers as Aston Villa secure their third win in four games under the Scouser.
The last time these two faced off Gerrard was victorious in what proved to be Rodgers’ final Old Firm game and an important domino as Ryan Jack scored in a 1-0 2018 Ibrox victory.
Not long after that Rodgers left for Leicester City – to much Celtic fan resentment – and there were shades of this in Gerrard’s departure for Villa.
The two were set to meet again at Villa Park with Rodgers’ stuttering Leicester City side falling to a sixth Premier League defeat of the season.
In contrast, Gerrard’s Villa continued their fine form and resurgence in the 2-1 victory with the Liverpool legend only dropping points to Man City in a 2-1 defeat as things stand and leapfrogging Leicester into 10th place.
The match was won by an Ezri Konsa double, the talented former Charlton centre-back and Joe Aribo teammate scoring after Harvey Barnes had put Leicester in front.
Rangers rocked by Steven Gerrard exit but Brendan Rodgers Celtic pain lingers
Rangers were rocked when Stevie G headed south to Birmingham but as each week passes the initial shock of the departure – which many felt left us high and dry – has began to dissipate.
Much of this is down to the early success of Giovanni van Bronckhorst – who is the first Gers boss to win his first four matches since the 1960s – and the jury will probably remain out until the end of the season.
If Gio can steady the ship and deliver 56, combined with the clear jolt of enthusiasm in the squad, then all may well be forgiven.
But if the club fails to pull together a Championship winning run then we suspect the ill-feeling towards Gerrard will linger.
However, whilst there are similarities between Gerrard leaving Rangers and Rodgers leaving Celtic, the two are undeniably not one and the same.
Brendan Rodgers left Celtic with the remit of 10IAR still uncompleted, Gerrard left Rangers having completed his own remit of stopping it.
Whilst Gerrard did head down south to Aston Villa, reports are claiming that a leading Rangers star won’t be following him.
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