McAvennie tells Rangers fans 'it's obvious' who's really to blame for 'shock' Gerrard move
Frank McAvennie is not surprised Steven Gerrard has left Rangers after the board failed to be back him in the transfer market.
The former Celtic hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the new Aston Villa manager will be heavily backed by his new bosses.
Rangers announced Gerrard had joined Aston Villa on Thursday morning, bringing an end to his three and a half years at Ibrox.
Speaking to Villa’s site, Gerrard admitted he was “immensely proud” to become the club’s new manager.
The 41-year-old’s decision to leave Ibrox midway through the season has annoyed some of the Rangers faithful.
The Gers only signed players on free transfers this summer.
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Because of this, McAvennie is not surprised to see Gerrard leave to join a club where he will be supported.
“I’m not surprised he’s gone, though the speed of it was a shock,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.
“He’s done brilliantly, he has worked wonders for the Scottish game.
“A lot of supporters will say he came up to stop Celtic winning the 10, he did that.
“The board showed him loyalty but he’s gone. Nothing surprises me in football anymore.
“He wants that Premier League move, that was always going to be hard to turn down.
“At least the club have got compensation, an incredibly low amount of compensation it has to be said.
“That’s football. I don’t think Gerrard could turn down this opportunity. Rangers and the board can only blame themselves.
“He will be backed, which is something he wasn’t given at Rangers. That’s the reason, it’s obvious.
“You have to understand the hurt Rangers supporters are feeling but in time I think that will go.
“He did his job at Rangers and he’s moved back to where he wants to be.”