Steven Gerrard’s Rangers were observed by the high-profile figure at the weekend. Was his eye on some of the Ibrox stars?

Rangers were watched by a member of Aston Villa’s coaching staff as Steven Gerrard’s side got their pre-season campaign off to a winning start this weekend.

John Terry, a former international teammate of the Ibrox boss, was pictured in attendance by Rangers’ opponents, Mansfield, who were beaten 2-0.

With Terry and Gerrard still close friends, the Aston Villa man’s presence may be of little to concern those of a Rangers persuasion.

On the other hand, though, is it possible the former Chelsea captain could have had an eye on one or two of those on show?

At least a couple of Rangers players, James Tavernier and Alfredo Morelos, have been linked with Aston Villa beforehand.

While a few others, like Glen Kamara and Josh McPake, may have attracted fresh attention after supposedly impressive displays.

With Glenn Whelan and Mile Jedinak leaving, a midfield player such as Kamara would fit the bill for Aston Villa. The last one they acquired from Scottish football certainly turned out OK. 

While if strikers like Scott Hogan and Keinan Davis are to leave, as has been suggested, the same may apply to Morelos, too. 

And given the vast riches now available after their promotion to the Premier League, any interest from Villa should be enough to trouble most clubs, with Rangers no different.

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