By Alex McLeish

10th Nov, 2021 | 10:19am

McLeish suggests Gerrard 'planning' to quit Rangers as source shares 'confident' update today

Alex McLeish has suggested Steven Gerrard could leave Rangers to take the Aston Villa job.

The former Gers and Villains boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insists Gerrard has a plan regarding his next managerial move.

A Villa source told Football Insider on Wednesday morning that the club are confident of appointing Gerrard, 41, as their new manager by Sunday after talks last night.

It comes after this site broke the news yesterday that the ex-Liverpool captain is ready to tell the Rangers board he wants the Villa job.

Dean Smith was sacked following Friday night’s loss to Southampton, leaving Villa 16th in the league.

McLeish has suggested Gerrard may want to gain Premier League experience with Aston Villa before “inevitably” moving to Liverpool.

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“Rangers are an absolutely huge club,” McLeish told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“The Premier League is a huge lure for people all over the world.

“I can’t speak for Stevie but I think at some time he will want to go back to the Premier League.

“If he goes back, does he go back and do an apprentice job in the Prem before doing the inevitable and joining Liverpool?

“It’s really up to Stevie. I would have thought he wants to stay at Rangers and win trophies this season.

“However, he can still jump to Liverpool in two or three years but he might want Premier League experience before he goes to Liverpool.

“He has a plan and that could be it.”

Rangers are top of the Scottish Premiership.

Gerrard’s side beat Ross County 4-2 on Sunday.

In other news, Rangers and Celtic told to “sort it out” by pundit as “ridiculous” news emerges.