Kenny Dalglish has made it clear that Steven Gerrard wouldn’t have left Rangers for Aston Villa, or Brendan Rodgers wouldn’t have joined Leicester from Celtic if those teams were in the Premier League.
The Scotland legend thinks that Villa’s new manager was lured away from Rangers because of the Premier League, as he told Sunday Post.
A number of years ago, during the midst of Rodgers dominating the Scottish domestic scene in Celtic colours, he upped and left for Leicester as soon as they came knocking for his managerial talents.
Fast forward to today and his former player, on the other side of Glasgow, has now done the same, but this packing up and heading towards another Midlands club.
There has been this huge debate about who is the bigger club and what is the bigger challenge.
But Dalglish, who is a legendary name both in Glasgow and on Merseyside, made it pretty quickly why Gerrard left Ibrox last week.
“His reasons for leaving, I would imagine, are down to the lure of the English Premier League,” said Dalglish. “That’s where every manager wants to be.
“It’s not about wanting to get out of Rangers. It’s about the environment the club plays in, and the level of the SPFL Premiership. The top-flight in Scotland just doesn’t come close to the top flight in England. That’s just a fact.
“That was a huge part of the reason why Brendan Rodgers left Celtic for Leicester City in 2019.
“If the Old Firm played in the EPL, I don’t think Brendan would have left Parkhead for the King Power, and Steven probably wouldn’t have quit Ibrox for Villa Park.”
Whilst some in Celtic won’t forgive Rodgers for his actions, it can’t be denied that he has done well at the King Power since then.
That was proven by their constant European finishes and them beating Chelsea in the FA Cup last season.
Now the question will be asked as to whether Gerrard can do the same at Villa Park.
The former England captain is tasked with guiding Villa back to Europe, the Champions League and trying to put trophies back in their cabinet.